Honda Civic Gx
Last year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked the natural gas-burning Honda Civic GX as the greenest vehicle of 2010. Well, that CNG-fed Civic, which is only available in a handful of states, has topped the charts yet again.
2010 Honda Civic GX – Click above for high-res image gallery
In Translogic episode 6.2 we took a look at one of the cleanest yet most obscure green cars sold in the U.S., the 2011 Honda Civic GX. The GX is just like every other Civic, except that its engine burns compressed natural gas (CNG) rather than gasoline. Honda confirmed to Translogic that when the company redesigns the Civic for its ninth generation, there will be a Honda Civic GX. Since the GX sells in such small numbers, there was speculation that it might be dropped when Honda undertakes a co
As the White House Correspondents Association gathers in the nation's capitol this weekend to celebrate its coverage (such as it is) of the government, many of them will be shuttled around in gasoline free vehicles. Honda has stepped up to the plate with a fleet of vehicles that includes mostly the natural gas fueled Civic GX, but also a fuel cell powered FCX Clarity.
The only factory-built natural gas-fueled car currently offered in the United States is now a little bit more available. Cheap natural gas costs and state incentives have led Honda to start offering the Civic GX to retail customers in Oklahoma. Previously, the car had only been available in California, New York and Utah.
When most Americans think of green cars from Honda, the models that typically come to mind are the Insight and Civic Hybrids, or maybe the FCX Clarity. Few think of the natural gas-fueled Civic GX, probably because not many have ever heard of it. One group that has heard of the GX is the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) which has placed it at the top of a list the dozen greenest vehicles currently available for sale in the U.S. Again.
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 cr
Fuelmaker, the company that creates the PHILL compressed natural gas filling stations for residential and commercial use, has just been driven into involuntary bankruptcy. You may recall that Fuelmaker is owned by Honda, which had been in negotiations last year to sell the company to a number of different suitors, most notably to T. Boone Pickens' Clean Energy Fuels. None of those negotiations resulted in a sale.
We're suckers for a good conspiracy theory, and we've stumbled upon one involving getting our nations off imported oil. Perfect! After reading through it, though, we're a little less enthusiastic. The whole thing centers around the Honda Civic GX, which is powered by natural gas as opposed to liquid petroleum. Sure, it's still coming from the ground, but it burns cleaner in an internal combustion engine and there is lots of it around these parts. So, is the Civic GX the perfect car to wean ourse