Honda Hybrid Production Begins On Civic GX Fuel Cell

Honda Hybrid Cars will have the option to use alternative fuel methods such as fuel cell. The Honda Civic Hybrid GX will use natural gas, which is 90 percent clean than the average gasoline vehicle.

Honda Hybrid Cars Converted To Cleaner Fuel Cell Alternative Energy

Editors Note: We have confirmed that this is not a hybrid car, but a vehicle which runs on natural gas. We will do a follow-up article to replace this one. We apologize for the confusion. -Andy

Some Honda Hybrid cars are already making the switch from gasoline to natural gas. The Honda Civic GX Hybrid will be 90 percent cleaner by using fuel cell alternative energy instead of conventional gasoline. The Hybrid Civic has received top environmental awards for five consecutive years and will be the first government-certified natural gas electric vehicle.

It is interesting to note that the Honda Civic GX is the only natural gas vehicle built by a major automaker in the United States. The car was first introduced in 1998 as the cleanest internal combustion which is 90 percent cleaner than the average gasoline-powered car. The GX is certified by the EPA as an Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV).

The Honda Hybrid, or natural gas powered-car available for sale in all 50 states. Moreover, the automobile is eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit as a qualified alternative fuel vehicle. This money could be used to offset the cost of buying the Civic GX, or to use for car repairs in the future.

It is powered by a 113-hp, 1.8-Liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and designed with a higher compression ratio to maximize performance from natural gas fuel. The Civic GX has ten years of proven performance as a natural gas powered vehicle. It has an average range of more than 220 miles, and has outstanding fuel economy at 24 MPG (city) and 36 MPG (highway).

Assembling the Civic GX brings flexibility and new capabilities at the plant. It is a comprehensive production facility that includes metal stamping, plastic injection molding, subassembly, and final assembly. Producing the GX on the same assembly line with other vehicles required the addition of unique production processes, including fuel tank sub-assembly and installation, and a fueling center for compressed natural gas.

The Honda Civic sedan features the fuel-efficient 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The engine meets or exceeds U.S. EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards. The Civic sedan also qualifies as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) as rated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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