GM has announced that the production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks is in progress atFort Wayne. The company has been taking orders, and retail customers can pick up the trucks through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.
The Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD Vortec feature a 6.0L V8 engine that runs on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). The $11,000 upgrade allows the truck seamlessly switches between the two fuels without hindering the performance.
The CNG and gasoline tanks together produce a combined range of 650 miles, the longest standard bi-fuel range of any original equipment automaker. CNG promises increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
It generates 25 percent less carbon dioxide and is in abundant supply. Over three years, truck owners can save between $6,000 and $10,500.
The Type-3 single-tank CNG system in the Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD is meant to maintain more bed space than any competing bi-fuel truck from an Original Equipment Manufacturers.
The pickups are available in standard and long-box and two-or-four wheel drive in the extended cab models.
The entire gaseous fuel system will have GM’s strict quality, durability and safety testing. The trucks will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty. The vehicle will have all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.