The easiest way to elicit an unhappy groan from pretty much anybody is to talk about gas prices. Nearly $4 a gallon is taking a bite out of everybody's wallet - from commuters to business owners, we're all trying to figure out how to cut costs this year. One way, of course, would be to invest in a hybrid or plug-in hybrid car like the Volt, but utility companies don't have much use for smaller sedans. They rely on big trucks like the Chevy Silverado, and even though the automaker has done everything they can to boost the fuel-economy of their full-size pickup, there's one other thing that can be done to reduce the pain of the gas pump.
So, they're going for it: they're making a Silverado that's powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and gasoline.
Can they do that? Sure they can. The bifuel trucks will be powered by a Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine that can seamlessly switch from CNG to gasoline and back. Even better? These trucks will have a range of about 650 miles before they'll need to be refueled.
The U.S. Department of Energy is getting behind this initiative, too, saying "Natural-gas vehicles are an immediate solution to the nation's energy security needs. Most of the natural gas consumed in the United States is produced domestically and by politically stable countries - and an extensive natural-gas infrastructure exists."1
So while we can't promise lower gasoline prices, we can assure you of one thing: automakers are working as hard as they can to introduce environmentally, socially, and budget-friendly vehicles. And companies like Chevrolet lead the way in innovation - we're very much looking forward to seeing the new Bi-fuel Silverado pickups arrive in April.
Be sure to stay tuned with Vaden Chevrolet Cadillac Brunswick to learn more about this and other fuel-efficiency efforts from Chevrolet. Or, stop by and see the latest in environmentally-conscious technology from Chevy in our showroom, located at 121 Altama Connector Brunswick, GA 31525.