General Motors has become the first automaker to introduce a line of heavy-duty pickup trucks capable of operating on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or conventional gasoline. Set to launch in April, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickups will be available in standard and long-box configurations, with either two- or four-wheel drive. Available for both retail and fleet use, the trucks will be fitted with GM's Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that will be able to seamlessly transition between its CNG and gasoline fuel systems. Combined range of the bi-fuel trucks is over 650 miles.
"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," said Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "The addition of a full-size bi-fuel pickup truck to GM's fleet portfolio is another milestone in putting the customer first in everything we do - by offering great products, innovative solutions and a great customer experience."