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Somewhere, perhaps, T. Boone Pickens is smiling. Honda's natural gas-powered Civic GX – the only passenger vehicle powered by this fuel available for sale in the U.S. – just increased its area of availability by a third. Until now, you could only buy the GX in California (since 2006) and New York (since 2007). Starting today, Honda dealers in Utah will also be able to sell the NGV to retail customers, and the state is offering a $3,000 state tax credit on top of the $4,000 federal credit to eligible buyers. Two Utah Honda dealers have been selling the GX to fleets. Counting all fleet dealers, Honda says there are 129 dealers in 32 states that offer the CIvic GX. The CIvic GX is assembled in Indiana, and we had our quick drive in the GX a few years ago. We remember fondly a post from the ABG archives about the nuns of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Cleveland, Ohio and their fleet of 12 Civic GVs.

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Utah to Become Third Retail Market for Honda's Natural Gas-Powered Civic GX

Dealer network expands for retail sales of nation's only natural gas-powered passenger car built(1) and sold in the US

07/30/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that dealers in Utah will have the option of selling the natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX to customers on a retail basis, beginning today. There are eight dealers in Utah, two of which are already selling the Civic GX as a fleet vehicle.

"The expansion of Honda's Civic GX retail program is an expression of our commitment to natural gas vehicle technology," said Elmer Hardy, senior manager of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales & Marketing. "Honda seeks market opportunities for the Civic GX where strong natural gas refueling infrastructure exists, and we continue to see its promise as a clean, sustainable, domestically-sourced alternative fuel."

The Civic GX is the only OEM-built, CNG-powered passenger car assembled in America. The Civic GX is built on the same assembly line as the gasoline-powered Civic 4-door models. The Civic GX became available to retail customers in the state of California in 2006 and in the state of New York in 2007. Currently, 42 dealers in California and nine in New York have added Retail Sales Addendums to their Honda Sales Agreements that enable them to sell the Civic GX on a retail basis. When including dealerships that sell fleet vehicles, there are currently a total of 129 Civic GX dealers in 32 states.

Civic GX owners may be eligible for up to a $4,000 federal tax credit and a $3,000 Utah state tax credit. Utah leads the country in natural gas refueling infrastructure per capita and has the least expensive natural gas in the United States with prices averaging 99 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) at dedicated fueling stations.

The Civic GX achieves an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 24/36** miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent and is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards.

The 2009 Honda Civic GX is the cleanest internal combustion vehicle ever tested by the EPA, and for the fifth straight year, earned the top spot on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) "greenest vehicles of 2009."

Natural gas-powered vehicles are part of Honda's energy strategy to offer the best-available technology for the reduction of air pollution and petroleum dependence and serve as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the future. The Civic GX is assembled in Greensburg, Indiana.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

* EPA Tier-2, Bin-2 and ILEV certification as of May 2008
**Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Apple Tree Honda in Arden NC had one for sale on their lot last year. I guess it was a trade in or something? I also parked next to another near Apple Tree a couple months after that in a Target parking lot, and pretty sure it wasn't the same one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They actually have 4 in their inventory right now. I assume these are fleet only? They don't specify that on their website...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They increased the places where it's available by a half, not a third. It went from 2 locations to 3 locations, which is a 50% increase.

      • 5 Years Ago
      You could buy the natural gas car in Utah for years. This is not a new thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, so question: How hard is it to build a CNG filling station? See, we have gas mains, right? If you have a gas stove, there is a gas pipe nearby. We have air compressors, right? You can compress air with them. How hard would it be to hook a hose with gas in it to the intake of a compressor, and then have a fill nozzle for vehicles?

      Like this is crap I could do for under 1 grand at the home depot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe that Honda does offer a home-fueling device for those who have a city gas connection. As you suggested, this isn't all that hard to do.

        However, I do believe that this may run afoul of the vehicle fuel tax policies of some states in that there's no road tax on home NG deliveries.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am still waiting for the day that I can buy one of these in Florida. I would also love to see natural gas used in other vehicles (ie big rigs) and even more so in hybrids of varying types. It would be a huge step toward getting us off foreign oil.