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Natural Gas Option for Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD Comes at an $11,000 Premium

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General Motors has announced pricing for the new bi-fuel option on the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD trucks that allows them to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline fuel.

Regardless of trim grade or body style, the bi-fuel option will cost $11,000 above the suggested base-vehicle price, which means prices start from $40,100 for both the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD. Buyers will be able to place their orders from Thursday, April 19, 2012.

"CNG has maintained a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel," said Joyce Mattman, director at GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles.

"The current average price of CNG is equivalent to $1.89 per gallon of gasoline. Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.”

A Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine powers the pickup trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline offering a combined driving range in excess of 650 miles (1,045+ kilometers).


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10 Comments:

exige said... »April 17, 2012

$11,000 just doesnt seem worth it, it would take years to recoup the extra money spend

T-Cake said... »April 17, 2012

There is a CNG filling station about 2 miles from my house that sells it for $1.35. Too bad I don't have an extra $40,000. Does anyone offer a conversion that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

Upcharge vs. Miles said... »April 17, 2012

$11,000 upcharge /$5 gallon gas = 2,200 gallon of gas. At 10mpg, that's 22,000 miles.

Psiqtas said... »April 17, 2012

Ecology sells, so it's still quite worthless to be "green" until you have an business in it...

lazy_penguin said... »April 18, 2012

Might be worth it for a fleet truck.

SaskRoughian said... »April 24, 2012

Get your own converter kit, and a much better storage vessel that will not rupture for about $1500 installed, there are several kit brands available.  A friend of mine has converted six vehicles so far, both gasoline and diesel can be converted.  He's had excellent results with every one of them.  He fills it himself from his furnace line, and rather than costing $95 for a complete fillup, it's costing him $15 for the equivalent miles and very little power loss.  Natural gas will stay low for many years.  Note, he's actually illegal, because house fuel does not include road taxes.  But even if he could find a filling station that paid those taxes, it would still be half price.  GMC is raping us with this $11,000 fee.  CNG is smart, but not this way!

Flogistix Gas Compression said... »May 09, 2012

really??? that was  nice to hear. . .is a natural gas less expensive???
 natural gas heaters

Learn Math said... »June 28, 2012

Not completely correct. The current national average on gas is $3.35/gallon with prices projected to decrease. Plus, you did not factor in the cost of CNG (currently averaging $2.35/gallon).  Assuming 10 mpg on both fuels( i dont know if this is accurate, pry not) and there being a $1.00 difference, it would take 100,000 miles to save $10,000. 

narg said... »November 19, 2012

100,000 miles at $3.35 is $335,000. 100,000 miles at $1.79 is only $179,000 If you drive 100,000 miles you'd save $156,000!!!! That sorta makes $11,000 not seem so bad any more. Still be easier if it were only $5,000 for the upcharge. But there is a LOT of expensive equipment installed to make this work properly, so it's not hard to see why it's so expensive.

narg said... »November 19, 2012

How much do you drive in a year? 15,000 miles? 15,000 x $3.35 /14mpg = $3590 in gas or 15,000 x $1.79/14 mpg = $1,917. That only $1,673 savings a year, so it would take around 6 to 7 years for it to make sense.

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