Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Truck Production Begins in Ft. Wayne

Natural gas has been getting a lot of attention lately as an alternative fuel that can reduce dependency on imported oil, but it's been natural gas' low price per gallon equivalent that's gotten the attention of a lot of fleets as well as retail customers. General Motors just increased the number of CNG models available on the market by two, with production of the bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD kicking off in Fort Wayne, Indiana. GM claims a highest-in-class bi-fuel range of 650 miles for the trucks.

The $11,000 bi-fuel package is available in most of the bed and cab configurations offered on the Silverado and Sierra 2500 HD, including extended and crew cabs, regular and long-bed, and two or four-wheel drive. The actual bi-fuel conversion is done by tier-one supplier Impco, after which the trucks are either delivered to the dealership, or to a third-party upfitter for other modifications.

All GM bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra trucks carry the same 3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warrant and five-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty as other Silverado and Sierra models. Following Chrysler's announcement that the Ram 2500 CNG will be offered to retail as well as fleet customers, the bi-fuel trucks will likewise be offered to both fleet and retail customers.

Source: General Motors

This is great news, as the US has hundreds of years of NG available. The government really should be making this a requirement, transitioning to an all-NG fleet in 5 or 10 years for all light-duty pickups and phasing in heavier-duty vehicles. Unfortunately, GM is tacking on $11,000 where the conversion should be about $2,000.

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