General Motors is expanding the powertrain offerings of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. In addition to diesel, hybrid, as well as the standard gasoline-powered models (which includes “flex-fuel” or ethanol mix), certain 2013 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups can now be optioned to be “bi-fuel”, or powered by both compressed natural gas as well as gasoline.
GM will build the specially-designed 6.0-liter V-8 engine at its Fort Wayne, Ind., plant, to a third-party supplier who then installs the fuel system installation. The automaker states the bi-fuel system extends the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra driving range to more than 650 miles total, which we estimate is an additional 150-250 miles more than the gas-powered only models. States Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, “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.”
The CNG/gasoline 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra models will be available for order next month. Both meet the stricter Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission requirements. GM’s bi-fuel system is covered by a three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty, then the five-year, 100,000 limited powertrain and vehicle emissions warranties. Pricing on the bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra models has not been announced at the time of this post.
Source: General Motors/Chevrolet/GMC