Alternative fuels, including E85, biodiesel, propane, natural gas, and hydrogen, share two key benefits. They are environmentally friendly fuel sources that reduce greenhouse emissions and they are often domestically produced. Concerns over the thinning ozone layer and loss of natural resources as well as the desire for reduced dependence on foreign oil mean demand for vehicles that run on alternative energy sources.
ALTERNATIVE FUEL PROS AND CONS
Consumers driving vehicles running on alternative fuel sources benefit from the feel-good sensation that comes from doing something socially conscious and environmentally friendly. Alternative fuel options available for GMC vehicles include diesel, ethanol/E85 flex-fuel, compressed natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas. Some of the fuel alternatives save money at the pump while others actually cost a bit more, but a fuel-efficient GMC vehicle helps to close the occasional price gap.
EFFECT ON AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURERS
Dealing with pressure to respond to consumer demand, the automotive industry faces the challenge of making vehicles that offer performance while protecting the environment. To keep up vehicle performance, adaptations such as engine changes, emission system changes, and on-board fuel storage changes become a necessity. GMC's engineers look at everything, vehicle aerodynamics, powertrain, emissions systems, and alternative fuels. This is where GMC's fuel-efficient vehicles really work to meet demand.
HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
While fuel efficiency and saving money at the pump are important, the way the vehicle performs is the real test. Drivers today can enjoy driving down the road in a powerful, fuel-efficient GMC vehicle. Some types of GMC vehicles are on the market now, but consumers will have to wait to see if vehicles running some of these other fuel alternatives emerge as options in the future: