The 2012 Honda gas Civic won the prestigious green car award at the Los Angeles Auto Show prior to Thansgiving. www.boston.com/cars/.../natural_gas_honda_civic_gets_green_car_award/. The 5 judges for the award included Carl Pope (until recently the Chairman of the Sierra Club); Frances Bernanke (President of the NRDC); and Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society.
The Honda natural gas Civic is the cleanest car running on an internal combustion engine, according to the EPA. At the LA Auto Show, it beat for the top award the Ford Electric Focus, the Mitsubishi I, Prius V, and Volkswagen Passat TDI.
The car costs $26,155, refuels in 5 minutes, runs clean and cheap. Gasoline costs about $1.50 to $2.00 more per gallon than natural gas. The car is also made at a factory in Greensburg, Indiana and will be available this December at Honda dealers in 36 states.
While producing natural gas has environmental impacts, using more natural gas to displace coal and oil has environmental, health, economic as well as national security benefits. The Honda Civic CNG is just one example of how using natural gas benefits the environment.