- Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas has become a national trendsetter by opening its own compressed natural gas fueling station.
- General Motors says this is the first dealer in America with its own CNG station.
- The dealership sells bi-fuel versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD and will sell the bi-fuel version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala.
GRAPEVINE, Texas — Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas has become a national trendsetter by opening its own compressed natural gas fueling station.
General Motors says this is the first dealer in America with its own CNG station. Classic Chevrolet is the nation's largest Chevrolet dealership.
"What a trendsetter it is to have this open up at a car dealership," said Ken Morgan, director of Texas Christian University's Energy Institute in a Classic Chevrolet YouTube video.
Morgan notes that CNG is cheaper than gasoline. It is also produced domestically. In April, the price for natural gas was the equivalent of about $1.75 per gallon, versus about $3.50 per gallon for gasoline.
GM is touting its bi-fuel vehicles.
"Based on current average fuel prices, CNG is more than a dollar cheaper than an equivalent gallon of gasoline, giving drivers and businesses an incentive to use CNG to power their vehicles," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM's fleet and commercial operation, in a statement posted on the GM Web site. "Given the consistent cost savings and expanding infrastructure, both commercial and individual interest in CNG vehicles continues to grow."
But consumers have been slow to adopt CNG vehicles because of the lack of infrastructure in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 701 CNG stations in the U.S., excluding private stations.
Edmunds says: A brilliant move on the part of Classic Chevrolet. Expect others to copy.