After months of anticipation, production of 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks is underway. Built in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the trucks are available to both fleet and individual customers via Chevrolet and GMC dealers with the right allocations.
The powertrain features a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine capable of running on either gasoline or Type 3 compressed natural gas (CNG) system while being able to seamlessly switch between the two fuels, without affecting performance. When completely filled, the CNG and gasoline tanks have a combined range of 650 miles, the longest standard bi-fuel range of any OEM truck. But at $11,000 over sticker, it’s not what one would call cheap.
Buyers still get what they pay for, though, as the entire gaseous fuel system meets GM’s strict quality, durability and safety requirements. 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. Lastly, the vehicle meets all the necessary Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.