North American brands GMC and Chevrolet will partner with Illinois company Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups, full-size vans and the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward commercial truck, all powered by 6.0-liter V-8 compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engines, starting in the first quarter of 2017.
The announcement follows the selection of PSI, an integrated turnkey alternative-fuel powertrain solutions based provider in Wood Dale, Illinois, as General Motors Fleet’s preferred upfitter for CNG.
Ship-through will be offered, allowing customers to seamlessly order and take delivery from the same dealer. GM will supply vehicles equipped with the 6.0L V-8 engine with hardened valves and valve seats to PSI, which in turn will install the fuel system and other hardware and ship directly to Chevrolet and GMC dealers in all 50 states.
All PSI-modified vehicles are covered by Chevrolet and GMC’s five-year/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) limited powertrain warranty.
“Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.”
GM Fleet’s partnership with PSI follows customer demand and ongoing investment by companies across the nation in CNG refueling infrastructure.
This month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states. Though the network is nearly 85,000 miles long, more miles will be added in the future to accommodate electric, hydrogen, propane and natural gas vehicles as additional fueling and charging stations are built. Currently four of the top five “Green Fleets,” as identified by Bobit Media Group, operate CNG-powered vehicles.