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GM Announces Bi-Fuel Pickup Truck Pricing

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

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If you want a green truck at the moment, your options are limited.

By their nature, trucks require large engines, and large engines use a lot of fuel. Until electric and range-extended trucks become a realistic proposition, your best option is either hybrid, or alternative fuels--such as GM's Bi-Fuel range.

GM has announced pricing for its Chevrolet and GMC bi-fuel extended cab heavy-duty trucks, with the compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks costing $11,000 more than their single-fuel counterparts.

That takes the price of a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD from $30,590 to $41,590, and the GMC Sierra 2500HD from $29,100 to $40,100.

GM says the bi-fuel option offers fueling flexibility, with combined CNG and gasoline range of more than 650 miles--the longest in the bi-fuel truck market.

With CNG costing the equivalent of $1.89 per gallon of gasoline, it's easy to see the appeal for business users and private customers. GM predicts that customers could save between $5,000 and $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.

The trucks will also be covered by GM's 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain and emissions warranty.

If you want to avoid fossil fuels as much as possible, your best bet is the Bob Lutz-backed Via Motors, whose range-extended truck will do up to 40 miles using no gasoline at all.

You'll have to pay for the privilege--Via predicts a price of $79,000 if sufficient orders are received--but it's sure to be one of the cleanest trucks on the market.

Via Motors is taking orders now, but if you'd like to stick to the more traditional bi-fuel trucks, GMC and Chevrolet's order books are also now open.

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  1. It would be interesting to learn more about the cost of CNG fuels with the glut of natural gas in the USA. The storage tanks may be completely full by this summer for the first time. Perhaps CNG vehicles are worth consider for the lower cost per mile, less pollution, and domestic production.
     
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