Compressed natural gas (CNG) has long been a smart option for buyers who do a lot of miles in a year, and now Chevrolet is expanding the lineup of Heavy Duty models on which theses engines can be bought.
Every single 2500 and 3500 can now be had with a CNG-capable engine no matter what the cab style, though trucks with dual rear wheels are still not available with CNG. Under the hood, a special version of the 6.0-liter V8 is fitted that features hardened valves and valve seats that allow these engines to run either gasoline or CNG.
Power with CNG in the tank is rated at 301 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque, while gasoline motivates the 6.0-liter to produce 360 hp and 380 lb-ft. There are two separate fuel tanks, and the driver can choose which fuel source they would like to use at any moment using a switch inside the truck.
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Breaking down the benefits of CNG, Chevy claims that a truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage, a number that will be very influential for fleet buyers who put lots of miles on their trucks.
“Businesses are looking for ways to control their costs while reducing vehicle emissions and becoming less dependent on fluctuating gas prices. The low cost of ownership makes these vehicles a realistic solution,” said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles. “CNG has maintained a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel. The current average price of CNG is equivalent to $1.89 per gallon of gasoline.”
These trucks are also covered by Chevy’s five-year or 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty straight from the factory, and can be repaired at any participating Chevy dealer.
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