Chevrolet Announces 2015 Impala Bi-Fuel Sedan
Chevrolet has broken the news of their 2015 Impala bi-fuel sedan, which will become the United States’ first full-size sedan capable of running on either gasoline or cleaner-burning, most cost-efficient compressed natural gas (CNG).
Like an entirely different breed of hybrid, the bi-fuel Impalas will come with a separate trunk-mounted CNG fuel tank. This will allow drivers to switch between gasoline and the compressed natural gas supply with the press of a button, providing cheaper fueling costs for Impala owners and fewer emissions for the environment.
In a statement, GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said, “GM continues to demonstrate its commitment and leadership in energy diversity by building its presence in the gaseous fuel space, and specifically with CNG – one of the cleanest-burning fossil fuels available.”
The 2015 Impala bi-fuel sedan is expected to hit the market sometime next summer. While no EPA-estimate has been finalized, it is approximated that an eight gallon-equivalent CNG tank would provide the Impala with 150 miles of additional vehicle range. This would create the possibility for a 500 mile range in one fill-up of both the gasoline and CNG tanks.
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