Currently, the only natural-gas-powered passenger car offered for sale
by an OEM in the US is the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Starting this
fall, that long-running CNG car will be joined by a CNG-burning 2015
Chevy Impala for both fleet and retail customers.
Chevrolet Announces Pricing of CNG-Capable 2015 Impala
LONG BEACH, Calif. The 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala, the industry's
only manufacturer-produced full-size sedan in North America that can
run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline, will have a
starting price of $38,210, including an $825 destination charge, but
excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and operational equipment.
The bi-fuel Impala will be available in the fourth quarter to both
fleet and retail customers in either an LS base trim or a
higher-equipped LT trim.
The vehicle is available only with a 3.6L hardened engine with
hardened valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and
durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank mounted in the trunk
has the equivalent capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, which is
expected to offer approximately 150 city miles of range on compressed
natural gas based on GM testing. EPA estimates are not yet finalized,
but with gasoline and compressed natural gas combined, expected range
is 500 city miles based on GM testing.
In addition to average fuel savings of nearly $1.25 per
gasoline-gallon-equivalent based on current fuel prices, natural gas
is one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, so vehicles that run
on CNG produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered
"The Impala nameplate has recently seen market share growth, and
critical acclaim for its design, functionality and low cost of
ownership. Now, with the addition of bi-fuel capabilities it will also
help customers reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions,"
said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial.
The Impala will primarily run on CNG and once the fuel tank is
depleted, the system automatically and seamlessly switches to run on
gasoline. Drivers who wish to change fuels while driving can do so by
simply pushing a button on the dashboard, which uses an LED light to
indicate when CNG is being used. There is no interruption in the
The CNG fuel system is validated by GM covered by GM's three-year,
36,000-mile new vehicle limited bumper-to-bumper warranty and
five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, whichever comes
first. The vehicle is expected to meet all EPA and California Air
Resources Board emission certification requirements.
The bi-fuel Impala, assembled at GM's Oshawa, Ontario, plant, will be
available for purchase later this year at any of the more than 3,200
Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.
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