GMC and Chevrolet begin production of the GMC Sierra HD bi-fuel pickup and the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The two models feature a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine which runs on compressed natural gas and gasoline, being able to switch between the two fuels without affecting performance, having a combined range of 650 miles.
“Customers are choosing our bi-fuel trucks because they provide the same high level of GM truck performance and versatility but can also help businesses control their fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Ed Peper, General Motors U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales.
At Chesapeake the automakers are converting 5,000 vehicles to run on both natural gas and gasoline. This plan will bring a cost drop of $11 million to $12 million annually on fuel costs. After the bi-fuel pickups are ordered from the factory, they are sent to the Tier One supplier IMPCO to have installed the storage system and CNG bi-fuel delivery, and then GM transportation delivers the vehicles to the dealers.
“As a fleet manager, the stable price of natural gas is another major benefit that helps me budget more accurately, and the fuel’s reduced emissions align with Chesapeake’s commitment to environmental excellence,” said Ed Peper.