Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana benefit from GM global expertise.
General Motors has
finalized the production process for its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered
Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, allowing the company to
deliver fleet customers complete vehicles with a fully integrated and dedicated
CNG fuel system starting this fall.
announced in May that it would be the only manufacturer to offer a one-source van
CNG option, allowing its customers to focus on their business rather than on
contracting the conversion of their vehicles.
“Our focus from
the beginning has been to offer fleet customers a simple ‘check the box’
approach with our CNG Chevrolet Express and Savana vans,” saidBrian
Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “Our
robust production process is a key enabler and certainly separates us from any
vans will meet all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air
Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements and will be fully
compliant with applicable motor vehicle safety standards.
CNG Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana van also will be covered by GM’s three-year,
36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited
Global Powertrain and Vehicle Engineering Centers are being leveraged to bring
their global expertise in gaseous fuel systems together for this vehicle
fleets with a convenient, all-in-one CNG vehicle begins with GM’s Vortec 6.0L
V8 engine. GM engineers modified this proven power plant with hardened exhaust
valves and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance and
durability with gaseous fuel systems.
hardened engines will then be assembled into the Chevrolet Express and GMC
Savana vans at GM’s Wentzville,
addition, GM has chosen Productive Concepts (PCI), an alternative fuels conversion
company, to become an integral part of its production. PCI will integrate the
CNG fuel delivery and storage system with the hardened engine at its facility
in Union City,
Ind. PCI also will work to ensure full emissions compliance.
the CNG system is integrated into the vans at PCI, they can be shipped to many
specialty vehicle manufacturers to have commercial equipment added, or directly
to GM dealers.
CNG Process for Full-Size Vans Nears Completion
July 14, 2010