Both GM and Chrylser plan to offer compresses natural gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the US market. Chrysler said its CNG-powered Rams can travel 255 miles on the fuel before automatically switching to an eight-gallon gasoline tank for an additional 112 miles. GM’s pickups would go up to 650 miles using both CNG and gasoline.The biggest hurdle to wider use is refueling. Today there are fewer than 400 public CNG fueling stations in the U.S.
The interest in natural-gas vehicles comes as gasoline prices are on the rise again and support for using domestic natural gas to replace oil is gaining support. After years of promoting electric cars, President Obama signaled a change in the administration when he said during his January State of the Union speech the nation needs to explore all alternative energy sources.Read it at Peak Oil
GM and Chrysler to offer natural gas pickup trucks