Guess what? The greenest car around…yep…runs on natural gas. In a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, the natural gas Honda Civic was announced as the winner of the 2012 Green Car of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the Green Car Journal.
The Civic won out over the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and Volkswagen Passat TDI. The judging panel included Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society, among others.
It probably didn’t hurt their chances that the EPA certified the Civic as the cleanest running internal combustion vehicle. At 38 highway MPGe you won’t need to fill up that often, but when you do you’ll have a fast-fill in about five minutes at stations offering natural gas or you can fill up at home overnight with an available wall-mount refueling appliance from BRC Fuel Maker.
Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year
Great quote by Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “There is no other vehicle like the Civic Natural Gas on American highways, and this recognition has been a long time coming for Honda. The new-generation Civic Natural Gas features greater fuel efficiency, a handsome and roomier new design and tailpipe emissions levels untouchable by any other internal combustion production vehicle.”
You can pick one up at any of the 200 Honda dealers across 36 states where it’s sold. The Honda Civic will set you back a nifty $26,155 but at current fuel costs, you’ll probably make that back pretty quick