2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD CNG: First Look

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Chevrolet will introduce its full lineup of new bi-fuel (gasoline and compressed natural gas) Silverado Heavy-Duty pickups at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. These 2015 HDs (the regular models were recently introduced in the mountains outside Phoenix) will use a special version of the existing OHV 6.0-liter V-8 and will be outfitted with a special tank and covering in the bed of the truck. The system is designed to allow drivers to select which fuel they want to use once the vehicle is warmed up, and will seamlessly switch to gasoline usage when the CNG tanks are depleted.

CNG does have a smaller bang in the compression chambers, so the resulting horsepower and torque numbers are smaller than when using gasoline. Factory ratings for the special-order LC8 6.0-liter V-8 are 360 horsepower and 380 pounds-feet of torque on gas, and 301 hp and 333 pounds-feet of torque running on CNG. Although there is a noticeable drop in throttle response and overall power, the average price of CNG for an equivalent gallon of fuel is typically less than half of a gallon of gasoline. Bi-fuel HDs will have a fuel range nearing 650 miles, depending on usage.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado CNG HDs will be offered in three-quarter-ton and one-ton (single rear wheel only) configurations in all three cab styles — regular, double and crew. When equipped with 4.10:1 gears (optional 3.73:1s are available), the maximum tow rating for these bi-fuel-equipped trucks is 13,000 pounds. This factory option is available for ordering now in the U.S. Pricing will follow.

To download and read the full Silverado HD CNG press release, click here.

 

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Comments

I don't mind the idea of CNG other than the space used to store the gas.

What I dislike is the subsidisation of the truck. Tax dollars well spent?

One thing we gotta realize is that aslong as that big oil companies continue pushing out of the way competitors.
Well never get past diesel. Gas. And cng.

Other countries seem to do better running their cars on cng or ethanol.

So Chevy and Ram are the only ones offering a factory CNG? Ford doesn't offer a factory outfit. Funny because I've seen more Fords with CNG conversions than any other maker

I wouldn't buy a CNG vehicle until it's more mainstream. My biggest concern is that what if something goes wrong, just about the only place that could fix it would be the stealership and even then sometimes when they don't work on a certain type of vehicle too much, the have problems troubleshooting the problem. Just sayin'.

uh, yes these are subsidized trucks with our tax dollars but has anyone seen the additional cost you have to pay for a cng outfit..when chevy introduced these trucks I believe it was in 2011 or 2012 models, it was an additional 13k at the bottom line of the truck....do you think the vehicle will pay for itself in 5 years? I odnt think so....better to stick with gas or diesel right now until this does go more mainstream.

oh one more comment....the chevy engineers couldnt come up with a better front end design so they chose to instead double the width size of the bumper? genuine chevy hah!

This truck has a Chin that looks like an A**.

Like comments above, what an ugly front end. Good god, what happened to Chevy designs? They've been an absolute disaster since the 1990's. The GM Sierra's were ok but Chevy's are just plain nasty. They used to be the best looking out of those two. Maybe the rumors are true and GM really is trying to kill of Chevy trucks? That's the way it's seemed for a long long while now.

I love the look of the GM front end. You haters are just jelous .

@BenThere - " However, many don’t know that Ford’s bifuel CNG program has been in place for several years, and its supplier, Westport Inc., is just feet away from the Kentucky plant production line that makes the Super Duty."

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/06/cng-test-drive-ford-f-250-sd-bi-fuel.html

@BenThere - " However, many don’t know that Ford’s bifuel CNG program has been in place for several years, and its supplier, Westport Inc., is just feet away from the Kentucky plant production line that makes the Super Duty."

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/06/cng-test-drive-ford-f-250-sd-bi-fuel.html

whats the deal with chevys front bumper on these trucks. They look like a guard rail from along side the highway.

I was under the impression that the moderators were going to stop the ignorant posts.
There are a lot of places where CNG is cheap and a vehicle capable of running efficiently on the product is a great Idea.
If the CNG was readily available I would buy a unit that was specifically made for it, I do not think you can make an engine that is as efficient on two fuels.



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