Honda Company recently announced that California drivers of the new Civic GX and Civic Natural Gas will be able to carry on with their use of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) highway lane until 2015.
Currently Honda is the only OEM in the US manufacturing and selling a dedicated NGV vehicle on a retail scale. In addition, the Honda Civic GX as a Federal Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEVs) certifies for a White Clean Air Vehicle decals as it meets the requirements for a pure zero emission. The expiration date for Honda Civic GX and similar cars with White Clean Air Vehicle Stickers has been extended until January 1, 2015. For hybrid cars qualifying for Yellow Clean Air Vehicle decals the use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes has expired on July 1, 2011.
Elmer Hardy, senior manager of alternative fuel marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. said that Civic GX drivers have enjoyed the benefits of driving a NGV vehicle as it was time-saving, low on fuel prices, curtailed dependence on oil and reduced CO2 footprint. With a new model being introduced in the coming months, Honda NGV car drivers will be able to enjoy all these benefits in addition to passenger friendly features.
The new 2012 Civic Natural Gas model will receive all the features of the recent Civic lineup plus crowd pullers like Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with FM and voice recognition. The navigation system also stores retail CNG fueling locations. Also new for the 2012 model is the center display which allows the driver to select different driving modes. It will achieve better fuel economy than previous GX models which acquired an average of 31 mpg.