Compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fleet and commercial vehicle options are expanding. General Motors (GM) has announced that CNG-powered versions of the 2011 Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana are in post-production and will become available later this year. LPG-powered versions will follow at a later date.

The popularity of Honda’s CNG-powered Civic GX among fleet consumers following its introduction in 2001 demonstrated that the fleet and commercial vehicle market was ready for a diversity of fuel options. GM’s decision to provide CNG and LPG versions of two of its most popular fleet vehicles follows that trend in the industry to offer expanded alternative fuel options to fleet and commercial consumers.

The CNG- and LPG-powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana will join Honda’s CNG-powered Civic GX in increasing both car and van alternative fuel options for fleet and commercial consumers.

“We recognize the value in providing our fleet and commercial customers with a range of fuel saving and alternative fuel technologies,” said Joyce Mattman, director of GM’s commercial products and specialty vehicles.

Another driver behind GM’s decision to begin offering CNG and LPG versions of its two popular fleet vehicles was what the company perceived to be a growing commitment in the industry to increase the infrastructure to support CNG and LPG vehicles.

“The industry commitment to expand the CNG and LPG infrastructure in key fleet markets was an enabler to allowing us to introduce these options now,” said Brian Small, general manager of GM’s fleet and commercial operations.


The 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 Passenger Van is one of GM’s fleet vehicles to be available with CNG or LPG fuel systems. Credit: General Motors

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