Under Pressure to Innovate, GM Unveils ‘Bi-Fuel’ Sedan
While Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has even the likes of General Motors (NYSE:GM) unnerved with its success, GM is hoping its new Chevrolet Impala sedan that can operate on either gasoline or compressed natural gas and travel up to 500 miles per tank will hit the road with a bang by summer 2015.
The new “bi-fuel” sedan will be able to travel for approximately 150 miles on natural gas and an additional 350 miles on regular gasoline, and GM expects its first model to debut in less than two years.
The new bi-fuel Impala will be able to switch seamlessly from CNG to gasoline.
The car will be fitted at the factory with a port fuel-injected 3.6-liter engine that incorporates hardened intake and exhaust valves and valve seats to enhance its durability for CNG combustion. This makes the new Chevrolet Impala only the second U.S. factory-built CNG sedan after Honda’s Civic Natural Gas Car.