Natural Gas-Capable 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Go on Sale in April
General Motors is expanding the powertrain offerings of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. In addition to diesel, hybrid, as well as the standard gasoline-powered models (which includes "flex-fuel" or ethanol mix), certain 2013 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups can now be optioned to be "bi-fuel", or powered by both compressed natural gas as well as gasoline. GM will build the specially-designed 6.0-liter V-8 engine at its Fort Wayne, Ind., plant, to a third-party supplier who then installs the fuel system installation. The automaker states the bi-fuel system extends the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra driving range to more than 650 miles total, which we estimate is an additional 150-250 miles more than the gas-powered only models. States Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, “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." The CNG/gasoline 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra models will be available for order next month. Both meet the stricter Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission requirements. GM's bi-fuel system is covered by a three-year, 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty, then the five-year, 100,000 limited powertrain and vehicle emissions warranties. Pricing on the bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra models has not been announced at the time of this post. Source: General Motors/Chevrolet/GMC
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