IMPCO has announced it will offer a compressed natural gas bi-fuel conversion for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. This now means that the Cruze will be available with a trifecta of gasoline, diesel, and CNG bi-fuel and will therefore be the only 2014 passenger sedan to do so. CNG is a relatively common feature for larger commercial vehicles, like the Chevrolet and GMC HD trucks, but is a rare occurance in the compact sedan segment. In fact, the only direct competitor to the IMPCO’s Cruze CNG would be the 2013 Honda Civic CNG.
IMPCO’s bi-fuel conversion will cost between $5,000 – $6,500 plus the vehicle, and would allow the Cruze to travel 200 miles using only CNG. The added CNG tank uses about half of the Cruze’s available trunk space, which means a compromise in storage.
Meanwhile, the development of an inexpensive CNG refueling station for homes gives promise that owners could refuel a vehicle overnight using the homes natural gas line could help make a case for more natural gas powered passenger vehicles in the future.