AT&T Phones in Order for 101 CNG-Powered Chevy Vans

AT&T Phones in Order for 101 CNG-Powered Chevy Vans
As part of efforts to expand coverage of work trucks plus positive feedback from readers, occasionally we're covering noteworthy stories about cargo vans.

AT&T is adding 101 new Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 full-size vans powered by compressed natural gas to its vehicle fleet.

Compressed natural gas, or CNG, is an odorless and colorless gas that consists mostly of methane. CNG burns almost completely during combustion and can produce 25 percent fewer emissions than similar gasoline- and diesel-powered vans. The vans get gasoline-equivalent fuel economy of 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway, according to GM.

CNG tanks are sized by their gasoline gallon equivalent, or GGE, instead of liquid volume because the gas is compressed under high pressure and sold by weight with about the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. In this way, 1 GGE equals 5.66 pounds of CNG. CNG is sold from $1.90 to $2.40 per GGE compared with a national average pump price of $3.56 for a gallon of regular unleaded. This makes CNG is attractive to fleet operators who drive long miles.


GM’s CNG conversion kit includes up to four CNG tanks that hold the equivalent of 15.8 to 23 gallons of gasoline and necessary plumbing ($14,590), a natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine ($1,295), plus heavy-duty trailering equipment ($265), according to GM. A $240 credit for deleting the spare tire brings the package price to $15,910. The total cost of either a 2011 Chevrolet Express or 2011 GMC Savana Cargo model, which starts at $25,980, would be $41,890 with the CNG option – though by buying in bulk, AT&T almost certainly received a discount for this pricey upfit.

At this time, the CNG system is available only for GM’s commercial truck buyers and not consumers.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. has abundant natural gas reserves. As of 2009, there were 255 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves in the ground. Despite CNG’s huge untapped reserves, distribution and refueling points are limited in the U.S. Fleet operators, like municipalities and large businesses, are most likely to have CNG refueling facilities, though CNG has moderate public availability in some states, like in Utah and Oklahoma.

Ford is also offering CNG prep kits for the smaller Transit Connect van in standard cargo hauling and taxi applications. And recently, NatGasCar announced a CNG conversion kit for the Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota.


@Mike Levine, some of the problems of CNG, that need to be ironed out before it can become widespread here is the following:
(1)The mix of the gases in CNG, need to be standardized so you do not have differences in performance from one filling station to the next.
(2) CNG requires 15 times the pressure of LPG to achieve liquefaction. So the average pressures are 2300 to 3000 psi(depends on who you talk too about this ) compared to 175psi for LPG.

Well it looks like Nissan missed this target with their NV van. Unique cosmetic features are not everything. Customers want performance options.

Good job General Motors!

Good move.

Worldwide, there are 16 million NGVs and US has only 110,000 of them. Many of these vans and buses should be converted to CNG.

keep your hands off my Natural Gas- that stuff heats my house. Its cheap now- wait and see what happens if we double demand for it.
I can't seem to find info on excise tax for CNG.

AT&T should have waited for the new Ram CV cargo vans.

I have nearly 30 years experience with CNG vehicles. The 'mix' of gases in CNG is not a factor. Natural gas is primarily methane, and there is no appreciable difference in any CNG sold as a motor fuel in the U.S.. It is true that typical vehicle CNG systems have a refueling pressure of 3,600 psi, but given the available BTU's of a cubic foot of NG, that pressure is necessary to give the vehicle decent range. CNG vehicles have been successfully used by fleets for decades, and I think CNG will become a more popular alternative fuel for the public as time goes on. It may not be 'the' solution for many drivers, but it has its benefits.

I agree with Mr knowital. Even with the low price of NG its expensive to heat my modest house in the winter. If the cost of gas gets prohibitively high I can always make other arangements to get to work but the house has to stay warm.


You are right,it will raise your home natural gas prices up,same with electric cars will drastically raise your home electricity bill.There is no free lunch people,just more taxes,higher prices !!

Same thing with electric cars,the government is all over this so-called climate change (total scam)So they want electric cars,and it will raise the electricity rates drastically,the President even said under his plan the electricity rates will sky rocket !!

They have free plug in centers for your electric car in some cities now,just wait until there are more electric cars,no more free charge,then your home will be $2000 a month for electricity,plus the government wont have the gas tax (government makes more profit off gas than the oil companies) so there will be a pay per mile and road toll on every road ..They have talked and planned this already,my brother in-law is in local politics,we are better off paying $4 a gallon than electric cars people are so,so misled !

Furthermore,I had a duel fuel gas & natural gas powered vehicle years ago,and your gas mileage is not as good as regular gas.Basically 2 full tanks of natural gas worked out to a 1/4 tank of regular fuel,I had 2 huge tanks in my van and I always had to fill it up,was a pain finding stations to fill it up since it wasnt as efficient.

We have plenty of oil in America,the government doesnt want wealth here,spreading the wealth means ,spreading the wealth to other countries.They are spending American tax payer money to fund oil drilling in Brazil,that makes sense doesnt it !!! While they are against it here,throwing away high paying ,money making jobs..Yeah,spread the wealth other countries..

At least with CNG, you are not sending the money out of the country and you can fill up your tank at home, if you have a natural gas line.

I do not understand why CNG is not huge.

this is nice post and having a good status in the market, it is also called the house of knowledge,

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