As more and more Americans realize that freedom from dependence on foreign oil is a national priority, the viability of American-produced natural gas has become forefront. American-made natural gas is not subject to the volatility of fluctuating gas prices, OPEC and world politics.
According to CNG Now, compressed natural gas costs about 50 percent less than gasoline or diesel and emits up to 90 percent fewer emissions than gasoline.
Classic Chevrolet, the nation’s No. 1 volume Chevrolet dealer for the eighth consecutive year, is taking the lead in adopting CNG technology. As the demand for alternative fuel escalates, Classic is opening the first dealership-owned CNG fueling station. “Classic Clean Fuels” Grand Opening happened on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Featured speakers included Dave Nottoli, Regional Director Chevrolet South Central Region; Mark Karney, Manager Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Specialty Vehicle Manufacturers, General Motors Fleet & Commercial Sales; and Ken Morgan, TCU Professor of Geology & Director of TCU’s Energy Institute. Classic Clean Fuels is located on Highway 121 just north of the Stone Myers Parkway exit, next to The Thompson Group Commercial & Fleet building in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Classic Clean Fuels will join approximately 14 other local CNG fuel stations scattered throughout the metroplex. In addition to CNG, Classic Clean Fuels also provides bio-diesel, Ethanol and regular unleaded fuel, as well as a planned charging station for electric-powered vehicles.
Now with bi-fuel technology found on vehicles such as the Silverado 2500 and 3500HD, the game may be forever changed. Using both domestically produced cleaner burning CNG and gasoline, the bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups, have a range of more than 650 miles. They seamlessly switch between gasoline and CNG, while still offering the power and performance that has made the Silverado the industry leader in the full size truck segment.
With both ¾-ton vans operating solely on CNG and the ¾-ton Silverado, a bi-fuel vehicle, Classic already has the inventory on the ground and ready for service. In fact, Classic Chevrolet’s parts department currently has six bi-fuel Silverado trucks delivering parts in a three state area.
In addition to trucks and vans, the 2015 bi-fuel Impala, America’s first production bi-fuel full-size sedan, will begin production this year and is scheduled to arrive at Classic this summer.
According to Ken Thompson, founder of The Thompson Group, the timing could not be better. “Since 1978, we have been committed to finding ways to help our business customers be more competitive and profitable. Now by reaping the benefit of bi-fuel technology, many of our customers are already making plans to convert their entire fleet over the next year” said Thompson. “The cost savings will not only give our customers a competitive edge, but also has tremendous benefits due to the fewer emissions.”
Rudolph Bush of Dallas News recently wrote “Last week I posted a list of cab companies that operate out of Love Field and the number of compressed natural gas cabs each owns. Because they operate with far fewer emissions than traditional cabs, the city has permitted CNG cabs to jump to the front of the line at Love Field.” Ken Thompson sums up, “It’s good for business. It’s good for the environment. It’s good for the country.”