For the 2011 model year, General Motors will offer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.
The CNG and LPG vans, which will go on sale in the later part of 2010, will be offered to fleet and commercial customers.
These gaseous-fueled vans will also be offered in cutaway guise. Brian Small, general manager of GM's fleet and commercial operations, said that the company aims to fulfill the needs of its fleet customers and dealers by offering options that will assist them in accomplishing their business objectives.
He added that GM is able to offer these options due to the industry's pledge to expand the CNG and LPG infrastructure in key fleet markets.
The vans' powerplant will be based on GM's Vortec 6.0L V8. For improved wear resistance and durability, GM made a few tweaks to run the gaseous fuels, including hardened exhaust valves and intake and exhaust valve seats.
The engines for these vans will be installed at GM's Wentzville production plant. The vans will shipped to a separate facility for their dedicated gaseous fuel systems and related vehicle calibrations. Each van will be offered with GM's 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.