General Motors will sell a compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel commercial pickup next year. The truck is scheduled to be available in late fourth quarter of 2012.
“Customers want a choice when it comes to fuel because it helps them manage their business costs,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “We listened, and we are going to move fast to bring a bi-fuel CNG product to market to meet our customer’s needs.”
GM has the unique distinction of being the only manufacturer to provide a single-source commercial option of CNG fleet vehicles. Their line includes the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana CNG cargo vans. With the addition of the CNG bi-fuel pickup truck, there will be a broader range of options for commercial customers and fleet managers. This will satisfy their need for a one-stop alternative fuel vehicle and alleviate the need for vehicle up-fitting.
“GM’s original equipment is engineered, validated and warranted, which makes the decision to purchase our bi-fuel pick-up trucks easy,” said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles. “Like our CNG vans, this turnkey product will be the best solution in the market and makes good business sense.”
The CNG bi-fuel commercial trucks will be covered under GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited power train warranty. The bi-fuel trucks also come with an emissions warranty and qualify with the certification requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.
IMPCO Automotive of Union City, Ind., is supplying the bi-fuel components for General Motor’s line of CNG vehicles.