USA Today reports GM will offer compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans for commercial fleets:
“We’re listening to our fleet customers and dealers about offering options that help them achieve their business objectives,” said Brian Small, general manager of GM’s fleet and commercial operations. “The industry commitment to expand the CNG and LPG infrastructure in key fleet markets was an enabler to allowing us to introduce these options now.”
To make the van work on natural gas, GM’s Vortec six-liter V-8 engine receives hardened exhaust valves and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance.
Both CNG and LPG vans will carry GM’s limited new vehicle warranty including the 5-year/100,000 mile transferable GM powertrain limited warranty.
GM officials say this will make it easier for commercial customers to choose a CNG or LPG vehicle … and makes the auto giant the only manufacturer to offer the option with this level of support and availability.