Chevrolet has announced that it will build a bi-fuel version of its flagship Impala for the 2015 model year.
The CNG-gasoline Impala billed for retail summer of 2014 in the United States and Canada will feature a separate CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel tank, mounted in the trunk, to enable drivers switch between fuels at the push of a button. The system automatically switches to gasoline when the CNG is depleted.
This announcement may be good news to American drivers who live in areas with easy access to CNG filling stations. CNG costs a lot less than gasoline. Of course, the United States is expected to have a natural gas boom in a few years to come.
It should be fine for lovers of the Impala to note that while an approximately 8 gge (or gasoline-gallon equivalent) of CNG can extend their driving range by some 150 miles (or 240 kilometers), and help cut their emissions by some 20 per cent, as yet performance from the same internal combustion engine when burning CNG drops by at least 15 per cent. Perhaps that can be tolerated from a naturally aspirated V6 Impala with some sizable 305 horsepower.
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