November 9, 2012

New Fleet Focused Bi-Fuel trucks expand GM’s Alt Fuel Expertise

General Motors has added innovative vehicles like the compressed natural gas (CNG), vans and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vans to our product portfolio, and have started production on our new…

In any business, success hinges on putting customers first, and this couldn’t be more true at GM Fleet & Commercial. We strive to do this each day by focusing on three simple principles: providing customers with great products, innovative business solutions and exceptional customer service.

My team is focused on new and innovative products to ensure that we meet customer needs. We’ve made some exciting alternative fuel additions to our already extensive product portfolio of more than 40 vehicles.

Our customers want to reduce fuel costs and meet sustainability goals. We listened to their feedback, and during the past two years, we’ve added innovative vehicles like the compressed natural gas (CNG), vans and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vans to our product portfolio, and have started production on our new bi-fuel CNG pickup.

In fall 2010, we announced a CNG option on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. CNG is a great solution because it is among the cleanest burning alternative fuels and can cut carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 25 percent compared to petroleum products. Yesterday, according to, the price of a gallon of CNG was $2.14, significantly lower than a gallon of gasoline. CNG is independent of the price of petroleum, which enables businesses to better manage their budgets.

We also offer our full-size trucks with a CNG and gasoline bi-fuel option. The bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickup trucks seamlessly transition between each fuel type. These trucks give customers fueling flexibility, and a combined range of more than 650 miles.

Our Express and Savana 4500 cutaway vans run on LPG, a cleaner burning fuel than petroleum. With 90 percent of the propane used in the US produced domestically, LPG is an important alternative fuel because it can help customers – and the country – reduce dependence on foreign oil. The LPG cutaway chassis is an outstanding product for schools and shuttle bus applications because of the cost savings associated with the fuel.

I am proud to say that GM is the only manufacturer to provide a single-source CNG and LPG van.

GM stands alone in that all of our vehicles meet GM’s strict safety, quality, reliability and durability standards, and are covered by GM’s full warranty. Our alternative fuel offerings are also EPA and CARB certified, providing our customers further peace of mind.

In addition to LPG and CNG options, we offer customers a strong lineup of alternative power vehicles to meet their varying day-to-day business needs, including the Chevrolet Volt and the Malibu Eco, Buick Regal and LaCrosse with eAssist. And new for 2013, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and Spark EV (in select states) will offer customers even more solutions.

Joyce Mattman was appointed Director of Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles at GM Fleet and Commercial Operations in November 2008. Focusing on current product performance, while also developing future products, Mattman’s goal is to incorporate future vehicle features and technologies to deliver practical application for large fleet customers and commercial vehicle buyers.

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