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Datamonitor: GM to offer LPG option for Chevrolet and GMC vans
Published at 2011-02-23 13:23:56
 
General Motors Company, or GM, has announced that it will offer a liquefied petroleum gas option for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans. This new offering enables businesses to choose from 2,604 LPG fueling stations across US. GM has selected Knapheide Manufacturing Co. to install two different liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) systems into the 159 wheelbase cutaway van. CleanFUEL USA and Bi-phase Technologies serve as tier-two suppliers for the 49- and 75-gallon capacity LPG fuel system, respectively. The vans come equipped with GM's hardened Vortec 6.0L engine, and with this LPG offering, GM is the only automaker to offer four alternative fuel options for US fleet customers: LPG, CNG, E85 ethanol and B20 biodiesel. The vans will be produced at GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant and transported to Knapheide's nearby facility for fuel storage/delivery system installation. Upon completion, the vehicle is then sent to the upfitter chosen by the customer for body installation. The cutaways can be converted to various commercial, school bus, shuttle bus and RV requirements. Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana LPG cutaway vans will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty, meeting all Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements. "LPG infrastructure has progressed rapidly, so it's easier for our customers to refuel in convenient locations across the country," said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "When our customers order the LPG option, they're getting a sensible fuel alternative, with the convenience of a one-stop ordering process." Related Research: Datamonitor - Automotive: United States Industry Guide Datamonitor - New Cars in the United States