Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

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    Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan
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    October 16, 2013


    General Motors will build a Chevrolet Impala sedan for retail and fleet customers that operates on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG), GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson announced today.

    It is the only manufacturer-produced full-size bi-fuel sedan and expected to go on sale next summer as a 2015 model. Akerson announced the car during remarks at an energy summit marking the 40th anniversary of the OPEC Oil Embargo.

    “OPEC Oil Embargo + 40: A National Summit on Energy Security,” was sponsored by the nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy, or SAFE. Prominent political, business and military leaders assessed the current state of America’s oil dependence since the 1973 oil embargo

    Akerson said the bi-fuel Impala is an example of using affordable technology to reduce oil consumption and save consumers money at the pump.

    “We know that U.S. energy security won’t come from a one-off moonshot,” Akerson said. “It will flow from our systematic investment in technology and innovation... our drive to get more from existing energy sources and renewables... our commitment to conservation... and it will be assured by fully and safely exploiting our shale gas reserves.”

    Natural gas is a cleaner-burning transportation fuel compared to petroleum products, and costs significantly less than gasoline at current prices. CNG vehicles typically have 20 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered cars, according to the California Air Resources Board.

    The Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel sedan addresses the range anxiety issue associated with vehicles that run only on natural gas, Akerson said. It features a factory-engineered and fully warranted powertrain that switches seamlessly from CNG to gasoline. Total range is expected to be up to 500 miles.

    Akerson said that in addition to advanced technologies and alternative fuels, achieving energy security will require productive partnerships between energy companies, utilities, environmental groups, labor unions, universities and manufacturers.

    GM, he said, is working closely with 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental groups through the Blue-Green Alliance, and has relationships with regulators that are “more constructive than ever.”

    Akerson also reiterated a call he made earlier this year for the Administration and Congress to create a new, consumer-driven national energy policy from a position of strength and abundance.

    For its part, GM is committed to saving 12 billion gallons of gasoline in its 2011 to 2017 model year vehicles – offsetting nearly a year of crude imports from the Persian Gulf – with technologies that include lighter materials to reduce vehicle mass, alternative fuels, clean diesel and electrification.

    In addition to the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Spark EV and the upcoming Cadillac ELR, GM is introducing start-stop technology standard on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu helping the midsize sedan achieve 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway, and using electrification to boost fuel economy in the Buick Regal and LaCrosse sedans, which both get EPA-estimated 36 mpg hwy.
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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    If this is priced right it would sell well I think.
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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    Quote Originally Posted by optiongm View Post
    If this is priced right it would sell well I think.
    This is not designed for the retail buying public.

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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    ◾GM to offer only manufacturer-produced full-size bi-fuel sedan in North America
    ◾Designed to capitalize on plentiful clean, domestic natural gas
    Will be sold to retail and fleet buyers as a 2015 model
    ◾CEO repeats call for consumer-driven national energy policy

    GM, he said, is working closely with 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental groups through the Blue-Green Alliance, and has relationships with regulators that are “more constructive than ever.”

    Akerson also reiterated a call he made earlier this year for the Administration and Congress to create a new, consumer-driven national energy policy from a position of strength and abundance.


    Working with unions and "green" groups? Yes, that will take us far.

    As for the Administration and Congress, they are too busy creating carve-outs and doing their insider trading to actually perform their job descriptions. Most of us would be quickly terminated with prejudice if we did our jobs the way they do. And then prosecuted.

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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    CNG and LPG are two very different things

    Nice to see someone edit the misleading thread title
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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Let's hope this makes its way into trucks and full size SUVs as well.
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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    CNG and LPG are two very different things

    Nice to see someone edit the misleading thread title
    sorry man. My mistake, wasn't meant to be misleading. I was in a rush and made a mistake.

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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    The Fleet Queen Returnth?
    Have sales for GM not seen in Hidden Content ? Hidden Content

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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    not likely.

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    Re: New Impala to be offered as LPG

    Quote Originally Posted by prototype66 View Post
    sorry man. My mistake, wasn't meant to be misleading. I was in a rush and made a mistake.
    It's all good

    So many times here I read about LPG being referred to as Natural Gas which it's not

    Just got excited when I read about an LPG Impala then realised it's CNG
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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    The Fleet Queen Returnth?
    The Fleet Queen is the Camry. Around here, most of the Impala taxi's have been replaced by the Camry. GM has lost those sales for good.

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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Yawn, how about a 40 MPG turbo diesel Impala that I can fuel at any gas station instead of having to do the CNG hokey pokey every time I need to fill up

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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobaltss_King View Post
    Let's hope this makes its way into trucks and full size SUVs as well.
    It is optional in the HD trucks and Cargo Vans. I'm sure it will about as unpopular as in those applications. At $12k for the option in a truck, no surprise it doesn't sell well.

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    Re: Akerson Announces Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Impala Sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    The Fleet Queen Returnth?
    Along with the revenue that fleet sales bringeth.

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