Wednesday, October 16, 2013

GM to Introduce Natural Gas/Gasoline Impala

On this 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil embargo, General Motors will introduce a new bi-fuel version of its Chevrolet Impala that will run on natural gas and gasoline.  The 2015 Impala will be released in the summer of 2014 and will have the natural gas equivalent capacity of eight gallons that will provide a range of about 150 miles.  The additional gasoline tank will give the vehicle a total range of 500 miles.  The car will switch seamlessly from CNG to gas at the appropriate time, much like the Chevy Volt.

GM's CEO Dan Akerson says the company has invested additional resources in natural gas power trains.  In my mind, that's a "greener" approach than plug-in electric cars since a majority of the country's power is still generated by coal.  At least OPEC doesn't sell coal.

The Impala will be available to the general public, but GM expects most purchases to be from fleet buyers.  The company's has not set its expectations too high, as it thinks it will only sell 750 to 1,000 cars in the first model year.

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