General Motors plans to start offering fleet customers heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.
The alternative fuel engines will be available in the Chevrolet Silverado HD, Express Passenger, Express Cargo and Low Cab Forward, as well as the GMC Sierra HD, Savana Passenger and Savana Cargo trucks and vans. The CNG and LPG fuel systems will be fitted to a 6.0-liter V8 engine.
Power Solutions International will install the CNG and LPG powertrains, beginning in the first quarter of 2017.
When a CNG or LPG vehicle is ordered from a dealership, Power Solutions will install the fuel system and other hardware and ship the vehicle back to the same dealer.
The move is the latest in GM’s effort to expand its range of alternative fuel vehicles. The company reports increased interest in CNG vehicles, and also noted that the Federal Highway Administration recently designated 55 routes across the country as alternative fuel corridors. The routes span 85,000 miles in 35 states and seek to add additional alternative fueling stations in the future.
“Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.”
All CNG and LPG vehicles will be covered by a 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty from Chevrolet and GMC.