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    New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    It appears as GM dumps the volt they are moving toward natural gas and I applaud them for doing both. America is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and this is a step in the right direction. Infrastructure to distribute natural gas is a problem but GM is doing this right by making their new vehicle run on gasoline too. This could really pave the way to get us off foreign oil. Another great thig is this vehicle will have twice the driving range as a regular gas car, GM may be back.


    "At a time when gas prices continue to rise, alternative fuel sources for vehicles is a topic on just about every driver's mind. General Motors recently announced that they will debut two new pickup trucks next year that will run on both regular gasoline and compressed natural gas."

    The new cars will use a system similar to how the Chevrolet Volt handles electricity and gas. When the Volt runs out of electric power, it switches to gasoline. A similar transition happens on the new versions of the Silverado and Sierra, with the truck using its natural gas reserves first before automatically switching to gasoline. Starting with two full tanks, the automaker says that drivers will be able to travel 650 miles before needing to fill up.

    New GM pickups will have natural gas option - Car news - Zimbio

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    How common are natural gas stations?

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    It appears as GM dumps the volt they are moving toward natural gas and I applaud them for doing both. America is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and this is a step in the right direction. Infrastructure to distribute natural gas is a problem but GM is doing this right by making their new vehicle run on gasoline too. This could really pave the way to get us off foreign oil. Another great thig is this vehicle will have twice the driving range as a regular gas car, GM may be back.
    I agree with you on this one. Natural gas is a "natural" (sorry) for American energy needs. We need to build up the infrastructure, however, the gas stations are already there. It's just getting CNG into them. Tax credit???


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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    How common are natural gas stations?
    That is the problem, but you're trying to put the cart before the horse. Before cars were common, there weren't gas stations all over the place either. The gas stations came after the cars.


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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Natural gas is a high octane fuel, meaning it needs higher compression than gasoline to extract the most energy out of it. Engines that burn both can't burn NG well, thus they are poor compromises to dedicated NG engines. Plus, having to design a vehicle with room for both natural gas canisters and fuel tank space requires eating up lots of cargo area and adding significant weight to the vehicle, not to mention cost.
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    How common are natural gas stations?
    That's the beauty of GM idea to use gasoline and natural gas. A transition vehicle like this is needed to bridge the gap between natural gas stations. As more people get these vehicles more natural gas stations will spring up which will eventually allow a complete switch over. I would agree with Rocket on this one too, my tax payer dollars would be well spent by giving incentives and tax breaks to get this infrastructure going. I have been waiting for some new technology before trading in my old pickup, this just may be it.

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    That's the beauty of GM idea to use gasoline and natural gas. A transition vehicle like this is needed to bridge the gap between natural gas stations. As more people get these vehicles more natural gas stations will spring up which will eventually allow a complete switch over. I would agree with Rocket on this one too, my tax payer dollars would be well spent by giving incentives and tax breaks to get this infrastructure going. I have been waiting for some new technology before trading in my old pickup, this just may be it.
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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    It appears as GM dumps the volt they are moving toward natural gas and I applaud them for doing both. America is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and this is a step in the right direction. Infrastructure to distribute natural gas is a problem but GM is doing this right by making their new vehicle run on gasoline too. This could really pave the way to get us off foreign oil. Another great thig is this vehicle will have twice the driving range as a regular gas car, GM may be back.


    "At a time when gas prices continue to rise, alternative fuel sources for vehicles is a topic on just about every driver's mind. General Motors recently announced that they will debut two new pickup trucks next year that will run on both regular gasoline and compressed natural gas."

    The new cars will use a system similar to how the Chevrolet Volt handles electricity and gas. When the Volt runs out of electric power, it switches to gasoline. A similar transition happens on the new versions of the Silverado and Sierra, with the truck using its natural gas reserves first before automatically switching to gasoline. Starting with two full tanks, the automaker says that drivers will be able to travel 650 miles before needing to fill up.

    New GM pickups will have natural gas option - Car news - Zimbio
    I truly apreciate allthe effort being put into new techknowledgy, but from a practical perspective, where am I going to fuel up on natural gas?

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    That is the problem, but you're trying to put the cart before the horse. Before cars were common, there weren't gas stations all over the place either. The gas stations came after the cars.
    Only the rich had the horsless carrage, but it seem GM is trying to sell this truck to the avarage Joe.

    Hey, Jay Lenno doesn't need my permission to own exotic tech. More power to him.

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    Re: New GM pickup will have natural gas option

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    It appears as GM dumps the volt they are moving toward natural gas and I applaud them for doing both. America is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and this is a step in the right direction. Infrastructure to distribute natural gas is a problem but GM is doing this right by making their new vehicle run on gasoline too. This could really pave the way to get us off foreign oil. Another great thig is this vehicle will have twice the driving range as a regular gas car, GM may be back.

    "At a time when gas prices continue to rise, alternative fuel sources for vehicles is a topic on just about every driver's mind. General Motors recently announced that they will debut two new pickup trucks next year that will run on both regular gasoline and compressed natural gas."

    The new cars will use a system similar to how the Chevrolet Volt handles electricity and gas. When the Volt runs out of electric power, it switches to gasoline. A similar transition happens on the new versions of the Silverado and Sierra, with the truck using its natural gas reserves first before automatically switching to gasoline. Starting with two full tanks, the automaker says that drivers will be able to travel 650 miles before needing to fill up.

    New GM pickups will have natural gas option - Car news - Zimbio
    Well, until the government puts its money where its mouth is, I have no confidence in these alternative fuel source vehicles. Instead of handing over money to auto companies to make this technology move forward, why aren't they buying them?

    The Federal government owns or leases over 600,000 vehicles. How many of them are Volts? Or other hybrids?

    Oh, wait. They're too expensive.
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