Looking to buy a new car? You might want to consider the compressed natural gas Civic … especially since there is a $3,000 gas card incentive promotion going on right now.
Consumers that buy a CNG Civic between now and January 2 will be awarded a $3,000 debit card that can be used to buy natural gas at Clean Energy fueling stations.
Despite a natural gas boom in the U.S., Honda remains the only car maker producing CNG-powered sedans. Its isolation in the market is somewhat surprising as gasoline prices continue to rise across the U.S.—in California prices hit $5 per gallon this week.
Right now at Clean Energy stations, natural gas is around $2.19 per gallon—nearly a $3 per gallon savings.
“Drivers have increasingly seen a greater percentage of their dollars going down their car’s gasoline tanks,” said Peter Grace, senior vice president of Clean Energy for sales. “For the average driver, the $3,000 Clean Energy fuel card provided by Honda will translate into two to three years of not paying for fuel. The significant cost savings, positive environmental benefits and access to car pool lanes will make new Civic Natural Gas Vehicle owners the envy of the road.”
With a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg and a fuel cost savings of up to 40 percent compared to a typical gasoline-powered compact car, the Civic Natural Gas Vehicle can significantly reduce the pain at the pump. The Civic Natural Gas Vehicle can also be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car, and should be able to cover more than 200 miles on a single tank of fuel (depending on driving conditions and style).
The natural-gas giveaway will go a long way to closing the price gap between the natural-gas Civic and its conventional cousin. The natural-gas Civic starts at $26,305. That’s $5,650 more than the Civic EX, the gasoline-version that best compares to it in terms of features.
Consumers interested in learning more about Clean Energy refueling locations can visit the web-based station locator at http://www.cleanenergyfuels.com/ for a listing of stations in their area. Customers interested in receiving a $3,000 fuel card with the purchase of a new 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle must make their purchase from a participating Honda CNG dealer on or before January 2, 2013; the supply of fuel cards and model year 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicles is limited. For more information on the fuel card promotion, visit http://www.cleanenergyfuels.com.