GM Introduces Natural Gas Chevrolet Impala for 2015
Gas prices continue to rise, and more and more car buyers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles and cleaner, cheaper vehicles to operate. In response to this, General Motors has announced plans for a Chevrolet Impala that will run on both gasoline compressed natural gas (CNG). Chevrolet will be the only manufacturer offering a full-size bi-fuel sedan, and will use the 2015 Impala as an example of how technology can save customers money at the pump. "We know that U.S. energy security won't come from a one-off moonshot. It will flow from our systematic investment in technology and innovation… our drive to get more from existing energy sources and renewables… our commitment to conservation… and it will be assured by fully and safely exploiting our shale gas reserves," said Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO of GM, in a recent statement. Natural gas vehicles may produce up to 20 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than their gasoline-powered variants and cost less to fill up, but there is still a sense of range anxiety among customers. Chevrolet has addressed this concern by building a powertrain that can switch from CNG to gasoline in case of availability issues. The automaker expects the new 2015 Impala to have a range of up to 500 miles. GM has brought upon itself the task of saving 12 billion gallons of gasoline I n its 2011 to 2017 models to cancel out a year's worth of oil imports from the Persian Gulf. The automaker has implemented the use of lighter material, alternative fuel options, and electric vehicles. Source: General Motors
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