If you are a California resident, you stand to benefit in multiple ways by purchasing the Honda Civic Natural Gas. The Sunshine State is currently offering residents a $1,000 credit just for purchasing the vehicle, but is not extending that benefit to anyone who purchases another natural gas model. The purchase of the car must be made at a certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealer, so beware roadside deals.
The perks don’t stop there! Drivers of the Civic Natural Gas will also be able to legally use the HOV carpool lanes as well as the high occupancy toll lanes in the Greater Los Angeles area, helping them cut through some of the most notorious traffic in the United States.
So why all the love for the Civic and not other models? Right now, the Honda Civic Natural Gas is the only compressed natural gas (CNG) consumer car that is available for sale from a major automaker. In other words, buying a used CNG vehicle or a car that has been modified to run on CNG doesn’t count, as far as the state of California is concerned. Driving the Civic Natural Gas in California is easy, thanks to the car’s combined fuel economy of 31 mpg and the 150 natural gas stations situated throughout the state.
Using CNG to power a car comes with many benefits. The fuel costs up to 40 percent less than gasoline and has more stable prices. Driving a CNG vehicle also produces considerably less air pollution. Anyone who has been to the Greater Los Angeles area can safely guess why the government would support the purchase of a CNG vehicle.
If you are even casually considering buying a new Civic or a CNG vehicle, you need to hurry up if you want to qualify for the $1,000 credit. The state is only awarding it to the first 1,600 consumers who buy the Civic Natural Gas.