General Motors, the US based automaker has announced that its upcoming line of compressed natural gas-capable pickup trucks will cost $11, 000 more than the standard vehicles they are based on.
GM said fleet and retail customers can place orders for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD beginning Thursday, April 19. The bi-fuel trucks will seamlessly transition between compressed natural gas and gasoline fuel systems; combined, they will give drivers a range of more than 650 miles, according to the automaker.
“The low cost of ownership makes these vehicles a realistic solution,” said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles, in a statement. “CNG has maintained a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel.”
Aside from being cheaper to fill up, the EPA claims that CNG vehicles reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 90%-97% compared to gasoline.