“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.
The trucks are able to use both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) to power a 6.0-liter V8, switching between the two seamlessly with a combined 650-mile range. Choosing the bi-fuel option tacks on an extra $11,000 to the truck’s base price, but that cost might be recouped in the long run.
CNG isn’t commonly used for private transportation, but the supply surplus is so great that it’s actually being exported. Americans account for less than 1 percent of the world’s CNG burning vehicles, probably due in part to the fact that there aren’t many fueling stations.
More CNG fueling stations are on the way soon, and CNG’s stable price means trucks like those GM is offering could be attractive to businesses running on a tight budget.