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Honda is tooting its fuel-efficient horn, boasting that it has more vehicles than any other manufacturer – four – that qualify for access to California's coveted HOV lanes.

That number represents an impressive mix of cutting edge eco-friendly technologies – electric, plug-in hybrid, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell. The HOV qualifiers are the Honda Fit EV, which is rated at 118 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); the Honda Accord Plug-in, rated at 115 MPGe; the Honda Civic Natural Gas, rated at 31 MPG; and the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, rated at 60 MPEe.

Honda may have the most HOV-eligible vehicles, but it's certainly not alone. The current Chevrolet Volt qualifies and, most recently, the Ford Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi gained access to the HOV lanes. Anybody who has ever been stuck on California's 405 or 10 around Los Angeles knows how much time, fuel and frustration that can alleviate. Despite the appeal, California has more stickers than takers, for now.
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Honda Leads Industry with Four Vehicles Eligible for California Carpool Lane Access
Honda portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles meets diverse driver needs; Saves time and money, while reducing CO2 emissions


03/20/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda offers four vehicles eligible for single-occupant access to California's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) 'carpool' lanes, the most of any full line automaker. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the Civic Natural Gas , the Fit EV all-electric vehicle and FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicles provide drivers with the opportunity for single-occupancy carpool lane access with little-to-no tailpipe emissions at an already-reduced fuel cost.

"With four different Honda vehicles, the most of any automaker, providing single-occupancy access to California's carpool lanes, we are creating tremendous opportunities for consumers to save time and money and reduce their environmental footprint," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Only Honda offers a broad portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles in various sizes and body styles to meet the diverse needs of California drivers."

Honda HOV Access Eligible Vehicles

Model EPA Range
Rating1
EPA Estimated
Combined Fuel
Efficiency Ratings1
CA State
Rebate2
Annual 5yr Fuel
Savings3
Honda Accord Plug-In 570 mi 115 MPGe $1500 $7250
Honda Civic CNG not rated 31 MPG n/a $7000
Honda FCX Clarity 240 mi 60 MPEe $2500 tbd
Honda Fit EV 82 mi 118 MPGe $2500 $9100
1Fuel economy and driving range determined by EPA data. Your actual fuel economy and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors

2California rebate amount provided by Center for Sustainable Energy California: http://energycenter.org/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/cvrp-eligible-vehicles

3Fuel savings based on EPA calculation of 45% highway, 55% city driving, 15,000 annual miles and current fuel prices compared to average new vehicle.

Upon applying for and adhering California Clean Air Vehicle Decals to eligible alternative fuel vehicles, single-occupant operators of these vehicles are allowed to drive in the state's carpool lanes – potentially saving significant commuting and driving time. In addition to saving time, the diverse alternative-fuel vehicles from Honda offer great potential for fuel savings compared to the fuel cost of the average passenger vehicle in the U.S.

Currently on-sale at 76 Honda dealers in California, the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid sedan is the most fuel-efficient sedan in America with a 115 MPGe fuel economy rating. It is also the first and only vehicle in the U.S. to meet the new, strict SULEV20 emissions standard. The Accord Plug-In offers 12-15 miles1 of all-electric range before switching to an efficient hybrid powertrain with an EPA rating of 47/46/46 city/highway/combined fuel economy. This distinctly styled midsize sedan will soon be joined by a two-motor Accord Hybrid model later this year.

Honda is the only automaker to offer an OEM-built compressed natural gas powered vehicle with the 2012 Civic Natural Gas. An ideal daily commuter, the Civic Natural Gas offers range of 190 miles per tank and is equipped with a host of standard features like Bluetooth HandsFreeLink™, USB connectivity and a full-color iMID screen. The Civic Natural Gas is built exclusively in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts and runs on clean burning natural gas, which is domestically sourced and costs about 1/3 less per gasoline gallon equivalent as gasoline. Additionally, through April 30, 2013, Honda is offering a $3,000 Clean Energy fuel card with the purchase of a 2012 Civic Natural Gas, potentially defraying years of already-reduced fuel costs.

The Fit EV and FCX Clarity each offer zero-emissions driving experiences. Among the most fuel-efficient vehicle yet rated by the EPA with 118 MPGe and based on the popular five-door, five-passenger Fit and Fit Sport, the 100-percent electric Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour (kWh) Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery and a compact 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that produced 189 ft-lb of motor torque. This efficient powertrain is teamed with a fully independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system. The result is a fun-to-drive EV with an EPA combined city/highway driving range rating of 82 miles2.

The Fit EV is available at Honda dealerships in California, Oregon and selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and New Jersey for lease at $389 a month, which includes collision insurance and vehicle maintenance. The FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicle has a driving range of 240 miles and can be refueled in minutes at one of 9 hydrogen stations in Southern California. The futuristically styled FCX Clarity is available for lease exclusively in Southern California.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda has developed numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, including the Honda Accord PHEV, Fit EV, Civic Natural Gas and the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Honda has also led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for 15 consecutive years.

Connect with Honda:
Honda Media Newsroom (for journalists) http://www.hondanews.com/
Honda for consumers: www.automobiles.honda.com
Honda on YouTube: www.youtube.com/honda
Honda on Flickr: www.flickr.com/hondanews
Honda on Twitter: www.twitter.com/honda
Honda on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/honda
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/honda
Instagram: http://instagram.com/honda
Honda on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+honda

1 124 city/105 highway/115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 574 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml

2 132/105/118 city/highway/combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by U.S. EPA. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.


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      Oolly
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe the C-Max Energi also qualifies for the HOV lane. Is the FCX still for sale? I just read they have only sold 40 of them... ever.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Oolly
        I didn't think they sold any. I thought it was an experimental model for lease only.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Oolly
        C-Max Energi qualifies, although neither one around here has stickers. Maybe California has been slow to send them out.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quantity of choices over quality and quantity of sales. Really.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most models, but they don't sell a lot of them. I see CNG Civics and that's it. You'll see Accord plug-ins soon I'm sure. Someone please fix the MPGe ratings for PHEVs/EREVs. The car gets a very good 46 MPG on gas, and that's what it's going to be driving on for most of the 570 miles it is listed as being able to drive.
      Joseph Brody
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have never seen a Honda Clarity and I would know if I saw it because it is quite distinctive (ugly).
        krona2k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joseph Brody
        It's beautiful, maroon and uncontainable. They should convert it to an EV or a plugin hybrid as soon as possible but they won't because they have the Power of Dreams (tm)
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @krona2k
          Yeah, it would be nice if they pulled out the H2 tank and fuel cell stack, packed it with batteries, and sold that.
      Rockingham Motors
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda has a great line up of fuel efficient vehicles in their fleet. Being allowed in the HOV lane is no surprise to many of us.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      *yaaawn* PR Fluff for sure..
      Ford Future
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda needs to update the Insight already.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds impressive but lets look at the cars . . the Honda Fit EV - Limited availability, lease-only, high-price compliance car. Meh. (And it is too bad they are not selling it because it is a decent car!) the Honda Accord Plug-in - OK, cool. Just hit the market. A bit pricey but OK. the Honda Civic Natural Gas - OK, nice. It is sad that it is the only CNG car out there. Way to go Honda! the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle - low volume, lease-only, very expensive, leases in the single digits. Meh. Not bad. The PHEV is the real interesting one right now.
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Yes, they've sold less than 1000 of those car models in the USA, meanwhile Ford, GM, Nissan, even Tesla all sell more ZEVs in that HOV category every two months. I hope the Accord PHEV does well, it's the first time a best-selling car's hybrid version will only come with a plug. Popular Mechanics likes it. But availability is limited to CA and NY, it costs $40,000 (~$37k after rebate), and Honda will offer a version without a plug to the rest of the country. Honda designed a good two-motor system but can't yet produce it cost-effectively in volume.
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is right behind with 3 cars eligible. GM now has 2. Volt and Spark EV and will be getting a 3rd, ELR. Nissan has only 1 as far as I know, the LEAF. As time goes on, more automakers will get more eligible vehicles. Hopefully we will be able to issue all the stickers as that will mean there are 40,000 alternative fuel vehicles sold.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        There is no limit on ZEV (white) stickers. These go to BEVs, FCVs and CNG cars. There is only a limit on green stickers which goes to qualifying PHEVs.
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