Bi-fuel option adds greatly to the cost of the truck

GM officially announced that it would be offering a new bi-fuel option on its full-size GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks back in early March of 2012. GM offered a lot of the details on the trucks that would get the option at the time, but didn't offer up any direction on pricing.
GM is now offering the official price for the bi-fuel option on its full-size trucks and it will cost $11,000 more than the base MSRP. The option allows the trucks to run on traditional gasoline as well as compressed natural gas. Buyers of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD will be able to choose the option starting Thursday, April 19.
The engine in the truck is a Vortex 6.0-liter V8 and the fuel system is designed for seamless transition between compressed natural gas and traditional fuel. When the driving range on gasoline and compressed natural gas is combined, the vehicle has a total range of more than 650 miles.
“The announcement of the bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra has been well-received among customers, which sends a clear message that businesses are looking for alternative fuel options to meet their needs,” said Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations.  “The addition of the full-size bi-fuel pickups to our product portfolio is part of our commitment to offer great products, innovative business solutions and an exceptional customer experience.”
The trucks will be available in standard- or long-bed versions with two- or four-wheel-drive options with extended cab models. The trucks also covered by the standard GM per year 36,000 standard mile warranty along with the five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
The vehicles are CARB certified for use in California.
“Businesses are looking for ways to control their costs while reducing vehicle emissions and becoming less dependent on fluctuating gas prices. The low cost of ownership makes these vehicles a realistic solution,” said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles.  “CNG has maintained a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel. 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.”

Source: GM

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