Chevy to Offer More Alternative Fuel Options for Commercial Trucks


For business owners around the country, there is nothing sweeter than finding out ways to trim waste and cut costs. Whether your business is small, large, or somewhere in between, you more than likely seek out ways in which you can decrease costs, and increase your bottom line. While some businesses don’t require a fleet of commercial vehicles like dump trucks, vans, and pickups, a good number of them rely on these heavy-duty trucks to successfully get through each and every day. If you are a business owner who falls into the latter category, then you know all too well just how costly it is to run a fleet of commercial vehicles. Rather than submit to the seemingly endless array of increasing costs associated with your commercial fleet of vehicles, choose an automotive brand that is doing something to help mitigate those costs. That way, you can keep your hard earned money out of the gas tank, and where it should be – in your wallet.

Chevrolet is Providing the Solution

Aside from the fact that Chevrolet offers a full lineup of commercially capable trucks, vans, and other vehicles your business may need, the brand is also committed to helping people save money wherever possible. Unlike other manufacturers who remain focused solely on their own bottom line, Chevy is looking out for small business owners across the country who are trying to figure out ways to decrease spending, and increase profits. In their latest attempt to provide tangible solutions for business owners in the financial arena, Chevrolet has teamed up with an alternative fuel powertrains provider, Power Solutions International, Inc.

The partnership between General Motors and Power Solutions International, Inc. comes after the automotive company announced their intentions to expand their alternative-fuel lineup for Chevrolet commercial vehicles. The result of this joint effort will be brand new pickups and full-size commercial vans powered by 6.0-liter V8 compressed natural gas (CNG), and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) engines. While it may sound confusing to those who are not familiar with this increasingly popular alternative propulsion method, the newly configured engines essentially mean a major savings for business owners when it comes to fuel and maintenance costs associated with commercial vehicles.

Possibly the most exciting and useful execution of this new alternative propulsion engine option is on Chevrolet’s Low Cab Forward commercial truck. The Chevy LCF truck is the most popular choice among small, medium, and large sized businesses, because of its chameleon-like ability to transform and meet various needs. LCF trucks can be upfitted to work as a dump truck, a flatbed, a box truck, and more – making them much more useful to a wider variety of businesses. With the addition of these CNG and LPG commercial vehicles, Chevrolet now offers more alternative fuel options for businesses than any other automotive manufacturer. With more than a dozen trucks, cars, and crossovers featuring alternative propulsion technology, Chevrolet is leading the charge that is saving business owners thousands of dollars each and every year.

Why Auto Manufacturers are Introducing CNG and LNG Engines

When a vehicle runs on natural gas rather than traditional gasoline, it utilizes a combination of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in order to operate. CNG is natural gas under pressure, that is clear, odorless, and does not have corrosive elements to it. This type of alternative fuel comes from natural gas-and-condensate wells that are largely located in the United States and used domestically. The increased interest in Natural Gas Vehicles is helping to decrease our dependence on foreign countries for fuel, and is typically less expensive than traditional gasoline. Vehicles propelled by CNG and LNG engines show an average reduction in ozone emissions by 80-percent when compared to gasoline vehicles. On top of the drastically decreased carbon footprint that is left by CNG and LNG powered vehicles, these vehicles typically cost around 40 percent less to operate than traditional gasoline cars and trucks. For business owners who are wanting to help curb costs wherever possible, a commercial fleet of vehicles powered by natural gas is a dream come true.

Announcement Comes “Just in Time”

It seems that General Motors and Chevrolet announced their partnership with Power Solutions International, Inc. just in time for the newest project that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently unveiled. The project will span 35 different states, providing 55 routes that will be used as a national network of alternative fuel corridors for both commercial trucks and private vehicles. Currently over 85,000 miles long, the FHWA announced that they plan to add more miles in the immediate future in order to better accommodate hydrogen, electric, propane, and natural gas vehicles. Along the route, charging and fueling stations are being built so that alternative fuel vehicles can more easily find places to refresh and refuel.

Ed Peper is the U.S. Vice President of GM Fleet, and said that, “Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline.” Aside from helping improve the global warming epidemic and mitigate rising concern over vanishing fossil fuels, GM and Chevrolet will be providing business owners with a way to save money over the duration of time that they own their alternative fuel commercial vehicles.

General Motors also intends to target the Millennial generation with alternative fuel vehicles, including their newest commercial offerings. Because the Millennial generation tends to lean toward technological innovation over those in the Baby Boomer generation, GM plans to market more heavily to the younger group of buyers.

Coming Soon to Chevy Dealers in the United States

While Chevrolet and General Motors have not outlined specific dates for these alternative fuel commercial vehicles to be released, it is safe to assume that we should be seeing these trucks and vans at Chevy dealerships in the next few years.

An exciting time for business owners who are seeking out ways to help cut costs wherever possible, Chevrolet and the entire GM commercial vehicle lineup is sure to invigorate business fleets across the country.