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Chevrolet and GMC have announced the debut of new bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra 2500 HD pickup trucks for 2013, both of which are powered by a Vortec 6.0-liter V8 that can seamlessly transition between standard gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG).
The bi-fuel technology allows the trucks to have a range of more than 650 miles. Both pickups are available as standard bed or long-boxes with either two- or four-wheel drive. GM is currently the only manufacturer that offers a single-source option for its gaseous fuel vehicles. The bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra are built with the specially-designed 6.0-liter V8 and the fuel system is installed by General Motors’ Tier One supplier.
“The bi-fuel Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra provide customers with choices in advanced propulsion technology, and because CNG is a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel, it has wide appeal,” said Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “The addition of a full-size bi-fuel pickup truck to GM’s fleet portfolio is another milestone in putting the customer first in everything we do – by offering great products, innovative solutions and a great customer experience.”
Cautious buyers will be pleased to hear that the bi-fuel trucks will come with GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and a five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty. GM said it’s the most extensive warranty offered by any automaker on their commercial products.
Both fleet and retail consumers may place orders in April, although pricing details aren’t available yet.