This December, American Honda Motor Company announced that it is working with Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, America’s largest owner of public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, and participating Honda dealers in order to provide a special savings to customers purchasing a new 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle: a debit card pre-loaded with $3,000 which can be used at Clean Energy CNG fueling stations around the country to purchase fuel. In addition to the fuel card savings, 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle customers in California may have the added benefit of single-occupant access to High Occupancy Vehicle “carpool” lanes through January 1, 2015.
The CNG Civic Natural Gas Vehicle has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg and a fuel cost savings of up to 40 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered compact car. The vehicle can also be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car, and should be able to cover over 200 miles on a single tank of fuel (depending on driving conditions and style). It is currently the only light-duty original equipment manufacturer (OEM) produced natural-gas powered passenger vehicle in the U.S. The vehicle posted record sales since going on-sale in October 2011 as a new model, increasing 22 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Named the “2012 Green Car of the Year” by Green Car Journal and one of the “greenest vehicles of 2012” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle runs on cleaner, abundant and domestically sourced inexpensive natural gas.
Customers who purchase the new 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle are eligible for a debit-card pre-loaded with $3,000 for fuel costs. Credit: Honda.
The Civic Natural Gas Vehicle is available for purchase at 199 certified Honda CNG dealers in 36 states. It is the only dedicated CNG-powered passenger car available for retail purchase from a major automaker and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC in Greensburg, Indiana, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
“With gas prices spiking in California, Civic Natural Gas vehicle sales at an all time high, and the public gaining greater awareness of the benefits of using natural gas, we believe this is a great time to launch our fuel card promotion with our partner Clean Energy” said Steve Center, vice president of the American Honda Environmental Business Development Office. “If you’re looking to save money at the pump, spend less time in traffic, and reduce your environmental impact, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle is a great choice.”
Consumers interested in learning more about their refueling locations can visit Clean Energy’s web-based station locator at http://www.cleanenergyfuels.com for a listing of stations in their area. For more information on the fuel card promotion, visit www.CNGfuelcard.honda.com.