Why pay to have your garbage collected when you can use it as fuel? Recently, Chevy unveiled the new 2015 Bi-Fuel Chevy Impala, which runs on fuel made by decomposing organic material. Here at Boose Chevrolet we’re always astonished by what Chevy unveils, but this development really takes the cake.
You might be scratching your head at the idea of “50 miles per leftover-meatloaf,” but the concept behind this technology has been around for years. By partnering with Cleveland-based quasar energy group (no capitals), Chevy was able to integrate compressed natural gas (CNG) systems into an Impala.
“If you can buy renewable fuel at $1.95 per gallon while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, everybody wins,” said Mel Kurtz, President of quasar. “quasar’s Columbus facility can produce 1.3 million gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG each year.”
Essentially, the 2015 Bi-Fuel Chevy Impala collects the methane gas that is created when organic material begins to breakdown. By compressing this methane, it can be used in the same way gas is used. As of now, the Impala model has a range of about 150 miles on pure methane. When combined with a gas engine, it will do about 500 city miles.
Although this technology is promising, we won’t see a whole lot of it until there is an infrastructure for methane fueling stations. Hopefully we’ll see them soon here in Ohio.