With gasoline once again at suicidal prices here in the United States, GM’s breadwinning pickup truck and commercial fleet offerings are undoubtedly going to receive blows to their sales numbers. Thankfully, GM is offering an alternative to gasoline for its trucks.
Beginning April 13, fleet and retail consumers can place orders for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks that utilize a bi-fuel drivetrain. Like the Compressed Natural Gas and Liquid Propane Gas bi-fuel van offerings from GM, the trucks use a modified 6.0L Vortec V8 that is capable of seamlessly running on either CNG, LPG, gasoline, or a mixture of each. The trucks meet all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.
GM announced last October that it would roll out CNG/LPG pickups sometime this year.
GM claims to be the only manufacturer to offer a single-source option for its gaseous fuel vehicles. Additionally, the trucks will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty — which is unbeatable compared to other commercial vehicle warranties.
Aside from being cheaper to fill up, the EPA claims that CNG vehicles reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 90%-97% compared to gasoline. Carbon dioxide emissions are cut 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced 35%-60%, as well as the reduction of other carcinogenic pollution and particulate matter.