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Backcountry is one of British Columbia’s largest hunting, fishing and outdoor supply stores. The Fort St. John area is home to some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in North America and often referred to as “The Serengeti of the North”.

GM announces new natural gas running vehicles

One of the world’s most prominent automakers has announced a plan to sell a newly designed and innovative pickup truck. On Monday, March 5, General Motors announced its plans to launch a line of pickup trucks which have the ability to run and "seamlessly" transition between both gasoline and compressed natural gas.

The line of trucks will hit the market come April.

According to a statement issued by GM, with these newly designed vehicles, drivers could save between $6,000 to $10,000 in fuel costs over a span of three years, as natural gas is approximately one-third the cost of gasoline.

The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickups will both be equipped with both new fuel tanks, and GM expects the range of the vehicles to be over 1,000 kilometres.

Sales Manager Neil Skauge of Fort St. John’s Murray GM spoke about the possibility of selling these automobiles, saying the dealership would be very interested in selling automobiles of that kind.

"I think it’s a great idea, especially around here with the abundance of natural gas in the area."

Skauge also spoke about how GM previously attempted a project like this back in 1985, which was discontinued after a short period of time, as the vehicles didn’t have a sufficient fuel capacity to get to Fort Nelson from Fort St. John.

He also points out there is currently a lack of natural gas fuelling stations around Fort St. John.

GM is no stranger to automobiles running on natural gas, as the company began selling cargo vans that run on compressed natural gas this year.