Earlier last month we shared with you the news that General Motors would soon offer liquid propane/compressed natural gas bi-fuel capabilities to its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 pickup trucks. These trucks will have the ability to offer customers fueling flexibility with a combined CNG and gasoline range of more than 650 miles – the longest range available in the bi-fuel truck market.
Now, General Motors has announced pricing for the option. And it’s $11,000 over the MSRP of the base 2500 trucks. Fleet and retail customers can place orders for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD beginning this Thursday (April 19).
The compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline tanks will feed fuel to a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that promises a seamless transition between the two fuel systems. A single light-weight Type 3 tank in the bed will take away some cargo space, albeit minimally. 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%, and other carcinogenic pollution and particulate matter is reduced as well.