Chevrolet has added the 2016 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab to its existing lineup of compressed natural gas/bi-fuel vehicles. The automaker says making a bi-fuel conversion kit available for Silverado Chassis Cab models furthers its “commitment to provide a diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles,” to fleet customers.
Bi-fuel versions of the Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab, available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations, house a 24.5 gallon CNG tank directly behind the cab in addition to the Silverado’s standard 23.5 gallon gasoline tank. The truck is able to seamlessly switch between gasoline and CNG operation, giving drivers additional flexibility and range between fill-ups.
Companies like Southern California Gas Co., which already operates a large number of CNG powered vehicles, are happy to see Chevy add the 3500HD Chassis Cab to its bi-fuel lineup. The utilities company is hoping to make the majority of its road-going fleet vehicles CNG-powered by 2020, and the 3500HD Chassis Cab will likely play a critical role in the plan.
“A chassis cab configuration is the bread and butter of our fleet and the vehicle we rely on to service customer homes,” Tony Orta, Strategy & Maintenance manager at Southern California Gas, said in a statement. “The turnkey bi-fuel option offered by Chevrolet allows us to reduce our carbon footprint while giving us the fueling flexibility and range we need to keep drivers on the road servicing customers.”
All Chevy’s CNG fuel systems and CNG components are warranted and validated by the automaker and come with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty for fleet customers. The bi-fuel 3500HD Chassis Cab will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, joining Chevy’s existing alternative fuel lineup consisting of the CNG Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD and CNG Express Van.