General Motors has published prices and opened its order books for its two new bi-fuel optioned trucks. The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab heavy-duty pickup trucks will sell for USD11,000 above the suggested base-vehicle price. The pickups, which run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline, have a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between the two fuel systems. A single light-weight Type 3 tank in the bed maximizes available payload and bed space.
“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.
Joyce explained that, depending on owner driving habits and given a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel (current average price of CNG is $1.89 per gasoline gallon equivalent), customers could save thousands of dollars per year in operating costs.
The bi-fuel trucks will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty, meeting all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.
(This article compiled using information from a GM press release)