We just got our hands on one of the first 2013 GM 2500 Heavy Duty compressed natural gas pickups, and we'll be spending the week with the truck to see how its new bi-fuel technology works. The system offers two separate ways to run the engine, meaning you can select which fuel you want to use once the system is warmed up.
Both Ford and Ram Truck offer CNG trucks, but neither of those systems allow the user to select which fuel to use.Their systems decide automatically for the driver. The Ford Super Duty runs on CNG until it runs out, then switches to gasoline, and the Ram does the same. In contrast, the GM three-quarter-ton trucks (which can be ordered in two- or four-wheel drive, short or longbed, extended or crew cab) allow the driver to decide between the two fuels with the push of a button, depending on the circumstances.
As the stickers on the side of the truck state, General Motors is promoting the fact that it has the largest dealer network, a 650 mileage range, and the largest cargo bed area when equipped with the eight-foot bed.
Let us know what you want to know about the truck, and we'll figure out how to get it done and report back in an upcoming story.