With the scary, increasing prices of fuel, Honda decided to run a promo to attract buyers of their Civic that runs on natural gas. The Japanese automaker invites consumers to buy their Civic Natural Gas Vehicle and enjoy a debit card pre-loaded with $3K worth of fuel.
Of course, like any other promotions, you need to read the small prints. The card will only be accepted at fueling stations of Clean Energy CNG across the United States. There are about 150 Clean Energy fuel stations in the U.S., forty of which are in California.
Base on recent surveys of prices of fuel, the average price of natural gas automotive fuel in July was pegged at $2.05 per equivalent gallon of gasoline.
Honda also points out that the Civic NGV, although under a Japanese brand, is made in their Greensburg factory in the U.S. They added that about 98% of the natural gas being used up in the country is produced domestically.
Under the hood of the Civic NGV is a variant of the 1.8L powerplant similar to the regular model but designed to run on natural gas. The engine can output 110 horsepower and returns a combined fuel mileage of 31 miles per gallon or about 7.6 liters for every 100 kilometers. The fuel rating is identical to the 1.8L petrol models with manual transmission.
According to Honda, the Civic running on natural gas will be able to cover 200 miles or 320 kilometers consuming one tank but driving conditions and driving style should still be factored in.
The Civic NGV is doing well in California where the sales of natural gas rides is at an all time best as the public gains awareness about the benefits of alternative fuels.
The Civic NGV has a sticker price of $26,305 not including the destination charge of $790. The base 1.8L Civic Sedan costs $15,955 while the Civic Hybrid has a tag price of $24,200 without destination fees.