Clean Diesel – Diesel Technology

Green's the Thing in 2013

September 2012, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Chris Wolski - Also by this author

Compressed natural gas (CNG), propane autogas, electric, range-extenders, hybrids, flex-fuel, diesel, and partial zero emissions vehicles (PZEV) are part of a growing menu of alternative-fuel options available for MY-2013. In fact, it could be argued that today’s automotive market has never been greener.

The following vehicle snapshots are a compilation of all-new alternative-fuel models for MY-2013 available as of press time. They show that there is probably a green vehicle or alternative-fuel type to fit just about any fleet function.

In addition to the vehicles highlighted here, the automakers are carrying over many of their already-introduced alternative-fuel models.

Compressed Natural Gas
CNG continues to make its mark in the light- to medium-duty market. To give fleets added flexibility and extend vehicle range beyond limited CNG fueling infrastructures, the new MY-2013 models also feature bi-fuel options.

New for MY-2013 is a bi-fuel CNG fuel system and bi-fuel-compatible version of the 6.0L V-8 engine for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD Extended Cab models. Fleets can choose from standard and long boxes, as well as two-wheel and four-wheel-drive models. The bi-fuel engine features hardened valves and valve seats that enable the trucks to switch between gasoline and CNG with a press of a button.

The Chevrolet Express Cargo and GMC Savana Cargo vans are available with a dedicated CNG package. Both are currently available in the regular wheelbase 2500 and 3500 models with three- and four-tank configurations. Extended wheelbase versions will be added late this calendar year.

Ford Motor Company’s Transit Connect will continue to offer a CNG engine prep package for conversion to CNG on the MY-2013 model. In addition to continuing to offer a CNG engine prep package on its F-series pickups (excluding the F-150) and E-series vans (excluding the E-150), the automaker will also be offering a CNG prep package on its all-new 2013 F-650 V-10.

Propane Autogas
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas, is the third most common fuel type in the world. For MY-2013, the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Cutaway vans are available with an LPG package on the 4500 159-inch wheelbase models.

In addition to the F-series (excluding the F-150) and E-series (excluding the E-150), the Ford Transit Connect delivery van will also continue to offer an engine prep package for propane-autogas conversions through ROUSH CleanTech for the new MY-2013 model.

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