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GM Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala

October 17, 2013

The 2015 Chevrolet CNG-capable Bi-fuel Impala was unveiled in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: General Motors
The 2015 Chevrolet CNG-capable Bi-fuel Impala was unveiled in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: General Motors

General Motors will build a Chevrolet Impala sedan for retail and fleet customers that operates on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG), GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson announced yesterday at an energy summit marking the 40th anniversary of the OPEC Oil Embargo.

It is the only manufacturer-produced full-size bi-fuel sedan and expected to go on sale next summer as a 2015 model, according to GM. The bi-fuel Impala is an example of using affordable technology to reduce oil consumption and save consumers money at the pump, said Akerson.

“We know that U.S. energy security won’t come from a one-off moonshot,” Akerson said. “It will flow from our systematic investment in technology and innovation... our drive to get more from existing energy sources and renewables... our commitment to conservation... and it will be assured by fully and safely exploiting our shale gas reserves.”

Natural gas is a cleaner-burning transportation fuel compared to petroleum products and costs significantly less than gasoline at current prices. CNG vehicles typically have 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered cars, according to the California Air Resources Board.

The Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel sedan addresses the range anxiety issue associated with vehicles that run only on natural gas, Akerson said. It features a factory-engineered and fully warranted powertrain that switches seamlessly from CNG to gasoline. Total range is expected to be up to 500 miles.

In addition to advanced technologies and alternative fuels, Akerson said achieving energy security will require productive partnerships between energy companies, utilities, environmental groups, labor unions, universities and manufacturers. GM is working closely with 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental groups through the Blue-Green Alliance, and it has relationships with regulators that are “more constructive than ever,” according to Akerson.

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  1. 1. michael jennings [ October 17, 2013 @ 12:48PM ]

    just think if gm would get there head out of there ass and make the car ng and e-85 nobody could even match it

  2. 2. Nic Davison [ October 17, 2013 @ 12:59PM ]

    Michael, everything has its time and pace. Just think, what other manufacturer offers a car in the United States at this point that is dual fuel? I say Kudos to GM for pushing the envelope here in North America. Options! we all love them!

  3. 3. Bill Forrest [ October 19, 2013 @ 10:47AM ]

    This is great news! CNG Bi-Fuel vehicles are a WIN-WIN in the search for ways to reduce our dependance upon imported oil without reliance on costly aftermarket CNG conversion equipment. All that and a 500 mile range. The only thing that remains to be seen is the price tag...

  4. 4. Rich Danchisin [ October 25, 2013 @ 11:20AM ]

    Good step but why only CNG? Too many drivers don't have access to a convenient station. If the Impala is equiped for alt fuels, why not a propane option as well? More and less expensive infrastructure.

 

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