Chevrolet Is Working on A Natural Gas Powered Impala
In order to add the low emissions high-efficiency portfolio of the Chevy brand, General Motors is planning to introduce an all new Chevy Impala powered by natural gas. We’re not sure when the natural gas powered Impala will hit our lot here at Tom Gill Chevrolet, but the new Impala model will surely offer one thing: flexibility. If you choose to go for the new vehicle you’ll get the option to run either natural gas or regular gasoline. That is a feature that should make the vehicle an easy choice for anyone who sometimes has access to a compressed natural gas fueling station, but wants to be able to hit the open road for longer trips with less certainty of access to this alternative fuel.
Chevrolet has sold natural gas powered vehicles for years. Most of those vehicles are versions of the Silverado for fleet use. Fleets often use natural gas vehicles if they have a filling station on site. Compressed natural gas has the advantage of offering high efficiency and basically zero emissions. Unfortunately, most vehicles in the past have needed to run either one kind of gas or another. Without the ability to run on traditional gasoline, compressed natural gas vehicles have only a limited range, since filling stations can be few and far between.
Luckily the new compressed natural gas powered Impala will be able to use both. That means that it should appeal to both regular customers and fleet users.
Dan Akerson, GM CEO, said, “We know that U.S. energy security won’t come from a one-off moonshot. It will flow from our systematic investment in technology and innovation.”
Akerson went on to say that, “Natural gas power trains are one of the areas where we have increased investment because we believe the technology can satisfy the ‘green’ needs of both the environment and stockholders.”
Follow along here at our blog if you’re considering a new low emissions vehicle in the near future. The Impala powered by natural gas isn’t available yet, but in the mean time you can drive cars like the new Chevy Volt, and more, here at Tom Gill Chevy, in Florence, KY.