When the new Honda Civic GX will be available in the U.S., it will come with an option that allows you to bypass all gas stations and to fuel at home. No, it won’t be electric. It will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
Honda had released a CNG powered Civic GX in California in 1998 and currently offers the car in four states. With the new model, the roll-out will be nationwide. According to The Nikkei [sub], “the decision to go nationwide reflects the heightened interest in environmental cars in the U.S. Natural-gas-propelled cars are seen by some as even greener than all-electric vehicles, because the latter charge their batteries using electricity often generated by fossil-fuel-fired power plants.”
According to Energy Digital, top car manufacturers such as GM and Chrysler are taking CNG powered cars as a serious alternative: “Natural gas cars are far cheaper to produce than lithium-ion powered electric vehicles. For example, the Honda Civic GX CNG will run on compressed natural gas and cost just $25,490 compared to the all-electric Chevy Volt, which will cost $41,000, or the $32,000 Nissan Leaf (both considered the most affordable of commercial electric cars).” If gas reaches your home for cooking or heating, a home fueling station can be put in your garage.
The Civic Natural Gas engine produces almost zero smog-forming emissions and is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle certified by the EPA. The car qualifies for a state-issued decal allowing single-occupant access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) “carpool” lanes in California and several other states.