GM Bi-Fuel Pickup Truck Order Books Opened

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

General Motors just opened the order books for its bi-fuel line of pickup trucks offered from either GMC or Chevrolet.

“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.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Nonymous Nonymous on Nov 09, 2012

    My Mitsubishi is gas / CNG only about 1000 Extra to buy Better MPG with CNG only $ 6 to fill my tank with what I save the truck will be free in 3 years of savings

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