GM Exploring Mass-Market Appeal of New Fuels with 2015 Chevrolet Impala
A 2015 Chevrolet Impala that can run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline will hit your local Chevrolet dealer this coming summer, General Motors announced Wednesday.
Chevrolet says in a statement, “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 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered cars, according to the California Air Resources Board.”
The U.S. Department of Energy says natural gas is “a fossil fuel comprised mostly of methane,” and is “one of the cleanest burning alternative fuels.” It adds, “Since natural gas is stored in high-pressure fuel tanks, dual-fuel vehicles require two separate fueling systems, which take up passenger/cargo space.”
Car and Driver says the bi-fuel Impala will be “capable of switching—on the fly—between gasoline and natural gas fuel sources. The automaker already offers such a version of its Silverado 2500 pickup, but the Impala’s certainly the first car so equipped that’s likely to find more mainstream appeal.”
The bi-fuel Impala is expected to have a range of 150 miles using CNG and 500 miles total, accord to Chevrolet. The CNG tank will be located in the trunk and can hold the equivalent of eight gallons of gas.
While consumers might like the thought of saving money at the pump and producing fewer emissions, there aren’t very many stations where you can buy CNG to fuel your vehicle. In the entire Atlanta, Ga. metro area, for example, there are currently only about six or seven stations where you can buy CNG, according to CNGNow.com and CNGPrices.com.
Pricing, specs and features for the bi-fuel 2015 Chevy Impala have not been announced yet.
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