Ford is not the only manufacturer announcing bi-fuel systems for its pickups at the NTEA Show. Other automakers are also expecting this niche to grow more appealing, particularly to fleet customers, as oil prices rise and domestic reserves of natural gas are discovered and exploited.
General Motors unveiled its 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bifuel pickups, which could be ordered by fleet and retail customers in April. The trucks are built in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then sent to the Tier One supplier for installation of the CNG bi-fuel delivery and storage system.
In addition, Chrysler’s Ram Trucks division will be North America’s only automaker to commercialize factory-built CNG-powered pickups. The first Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty CNG vehicles, built at the company’s plant in Mexico, will be delivered in July with price starting at $47,500.