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2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD Bi-Fuel Debut

CNG is the new diesel.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Research Click to hide

What's New

General Motors is expanding its lineup of natural gas-powered pickup trucks. For the 2015 model year, a bi-fuel package will be available on all cab configurations of the Silverado HD, as well as on both four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive models.

The Silverado HD Bi-Fuel allows drivers to switch between traditional gasoline and natural gasoline. This system provides an optimal balance for many drivers who want the convenience of traditional gas and the option to boost fuel economy with natural gas. Equipped with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, the car can produce 301 horsepower on natural gas and 360 horsepower on gasoline. The estimated range on these cars is 650 miles on a tank. Not bad for those who spend long days hauling equipment.

Who It's For

Pickup trucks aren't as niche of a market as many may think. That is why the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling in the country for three decades running. But the bi-fuel option Silverado HD may be somewhat niche. Although the bi-fuel pickup provides better fuel economy, buyers should expect to pay a heavy price tag for the upgrade. On the 2014 Silverado, the bi-fuel option added $11,000 to the bottom line. However, GM says that those who take advantage of the CNG Silverado can save up to $2,000 each year in cheaper fuel costs.

Buyers interested in this option may want to consider the diesel-powered Silverado HD, which pumps out 397 horsepower and a whopping 765 lb-ft of torque. This is a decent alternative to those who want fewer trips to the gas station.

Key Features

The Silverado HD Bi-Fuel is available in Work Truck, LT, and LTZ trims. Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab models are available. Here are some available features:
  • Special cargo tie-downs on the tank cover and a single fuel gauge that displays fuel levels for gas and CNG
  • EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
  • Chevrolet MyLink infotainment
  • Stronger 6'6" and 8' cargo boxes with steps on the rear bumper
  • Head curtain and seat mounted side airbags as well as forward collision alert, lane departure warnings, seat vibration warnings, and park assists

What We Think

While we do appreciate the flexibility that the new pickup offers, we think most buyers will want to use more traditional fuel. Compressed natural gas is not widely available, and buyers may end up preferring diesel or traditional gas. We think the market for this vehicle is limited, but we appreciate the technology behind the truck.

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