Knapheide Manufacturing Co. will install two LPG systems into the 159-inch-wheelbase 3500 and 4500 series cutaway van chassis produced at GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant. Knapheide's facility is nearby. CleanFuel USA and Bi-Phase Technologies will supply 49- and 75-gallon capacity LPG fuel system, respectively.
This new LPG offering enables businesses to choose from 2,604 LPG fueling stations nationwide, and that number is expected to significantly increase as interest in alternative fuels grows, GM executives said during a telephone press conference.
"LPG infrastructure has progressed rapidly, so it's easier for our customers to refuel in convenient locations across the country," said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "When our customers order the LPG option, they're getting a sensible fuel alternative, with the convenience of a one-stop ordering process."
The vans use GM's 6-liter Vortec gasoline engine equipped with hardened valves and valve seats, which allows burning of gaseous fuels. With this LPG offering, Small said, GM is the only automaker to offer four alternative fuel options for U.S. fleet customers: LPG, compressed and liquefied natural gas, E85 ethanol, and B20 biodiesel.
GM's manufacturing process enables customers to use a one-stop-shop approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system, which can then be upfitted with truck, bus or RV bodies.
Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana LPG cutaway vans will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty, meeting all federal and state emission certification requirements.
More information about the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana is at gmfleet.com. For timely responses to fleet-related questions, join the GM Fleet and Commercial Customer Service LinkedIn group.
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