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GM announces CNG and LPG versions of 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans

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GM announces CNG and LPG versions of 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans

05/18/2010, 6:46 PM BY DREW JOHNSON

General Motors has announced it will offer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans for the 2011 model year.

Set to go on sale later this year, the CNG and LPG vans will be available to fleet and commercial customers. The gaseous-fueled vans will also be available in cutaway guise.

“We’re listening to our fleet customers and dealers about offering options that help them achieve their business objectives”, said Brian Small, general manager of GM’s fleet and commercial operations. “The industry commitment to expand the CNG and LPG infrastructure in key fleet markets was an enabler to allowing us to introduce these options now.”

The vans’ powerplant will be based on GM’s Vortec 6.0L V8. A few modifications are needed to run the gaseous fuels, including hardened exhaust valves and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability.

The vans will be built with engines installed at GM’s Wentzville production plant. The vans will then be shipped on to a separate facility for their dedicated gaseous fuel systems and related vehicle calibrations. The vans will carry GM’s 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.



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