Telecommunications giant AT&T has taken interest in The General’s offering of full-sized compressed natural gas (CNG) vans and has ordered exactly 101 Chevy Express 2500 cargo vans for its service fleet.
For those interested, GM’s CNG conversion kit is not done in house, but rather is done up by a third party under the company’s watchful eye. The kit includes up to four CNG tanks that can hold up to the equivalent of 15.8 to 23 gallons of gasoline that get fed into a modified Vortec 6.0L V8 engine and achieves around the gas equivalent of 11 MPG in the city and 16 MPG on the highway.
That doesn’t sound like much, but when the cost to fill up natural gas is anywhere between $1.90 to $2.40 per gallon compared to today’s national regular gasoline average of $3.56 per gallon, a CNG-equipped Express has nearly half of the operating costs of a conventional model. The only downside is that the package itself costs $15,910 upwards, plus the cost of whatever Express van it’s to be fitted in. Though our instincts tell us that AT&T got a discount.