Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Honda to Bring Natural Gas Civic to U.S. in 2012

In a long-awaited release, Honda Motor Co. announced at the Detroit Motor Show that it would introduce a compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its 2012 Civic in the U.S.  Previously, the car was only available to the general public in a few states.  The CNG version coincides with a redesign of the Civic model.  It also comes at a time when gas prices are expected to rise and small vehicles are expected to be very popular.

Honda says the CNG Civic GX as the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled in America.  The company also touts the fact that the car will have nearly zero emissions.

I always talk about the chicken and the egg concept where it concerns CNG.  The introduction of an extremely popular vehicle model in a CNG format will help accelerate the development of CNG fueling infrastructure, which will beget more CNG vehicles. And so on, and so on...

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