If you thought only a superhero could be bullet proof, think again. The new Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala testing has proven that its compressed natural gas (CNG) tank can also withstand bullets. Chevrolet recently put this bi-fuel gas tank under pressure, testing its limits with both bullets and bonfires to ensure that it won’t break under even the most strenuous situations.
“We designed this system for those ‘what if’ situations,” said Nichole Kraatz, Impala chief engineer. “The customer shouldn’t even know it’s there. They shouldn’t even think about it. CNG should just be another fuel they use to power their vehicle.”
The tank valve for the 2015 Bi-fuel Impala is sheltered by a large piece of cast aluminum, which protects it from certain side impacts. Sheet metal plates on each side of the tank adds additional protection from loose objects in the trunk or rear seat, decreasing the likelihood of it being injured in a car crash.
As a 2015 “Green Car of the Year” finalist, the Bi-fuel Impala needs to be safe, as well as eco-friendly. The car is available to order at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet now and will be delivered later this year.