Friday, July 16, 2010

Chevrolet and GMC CNG Full-Size Vans Available in Fall

By Larry E. Hall

Chevy Van on CNG

Is this Chevy Van green? If it's powered by compressed natural gas, it is.

General Motors announced this week that it completed the production process for its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered versions of the 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans for fleet and commercial customers that will arrive later this year. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered versions of the vans will follow.

The decision to offer these two alternative fuel vehicles was made in response to the industry commitment to expand the CNG and LPG infrastructure in key fleet markets said Brian Small, general manager of GM�"s fleet and commercial operations.

Fleet operators have long recognized the benefits of CNG over gasoline: with a similar equivalent fuel mileage there�"s a significant cost savings at the pump�CNG costs less than $2.00 per gallon (equivalent) in many parts of the U.S.�and for the environment there are fewer emissions out the tailpipe. The roadblock has been the poor availability of refueling locations. Now, with an expanding infrastructure, fleets see not only the opportunity for cost savings but to go green.

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