Facts about Honda Civic Natural Gas Car. The Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle is called the Civic GX NGV.
History of Honda Civic Natural Gas Car
The original Honda Civic Coupe came out in 1972. That version was a subcompact car. The second generation of the Civic came out in 1979. The third rolled out in 1983. The fourth generation came out in 1988. The fifth generation of the Civic came out in 1992. The sixth generation was released in 1996. The car changed into a compact car in the 2001 model year, with the seventh generation of the car. The eighth generation of the Civic came out in 2006. The ninth generation started production in 2011, and that generation included the first Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicles. The tenth generation of the Honda Civic Natural Gas came out in the 2016 model year.
Honda has regularly sold 200,000 to 400,000 Honda Civics a year for the past twenty years. However, it only sold a few hundred Natural Gas powered vehicles per year. The Honda Civic Natural Gas was initially only available in 4 states in 2011 but expanded to 36 states by 2012.
The Honda Civic’s natural gas option was eliminated along with the Honda Civic hybrid in the 2016 redesign for the tenth generation of the car.
Design of Honda Civic Natural Gas Car
The Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle is powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder natural gas engine. The Honda Civic Natural Gas is based on the Honda Civic sedan model. The Honda Civic Natural Gas has much less trunk space than the standard Honda Civic. The trunk was essentially replaced by a 3600 PSI tank for the compressed natural gas that the car ran off of, taking up half the trunk space.
The engine is capable of generating 110 horsepower. In contrast, the Honda Civic base model on sports a 1.8 liter, 143 horsepower 4 cylinder engine. It can generate 6500 RPM and 129 foot-pounds of torque. The Honda Civic natural gas version only puts out 100 lb-ft of torque.
The natural gas tank can run the vehicle as far as 200 miles, two to three times the range of many all-electric cars. One of the downsides of the natural gas vehicle was the shortage of refueling stations; there are far more electric vehicle charging stations than natural gas stations, and you cannot refuel the natural gas vehicle at home though you can recharge an electric vehicle via the standard wall outlet, albeit slowly.
Performance of Honda Civic Natural Gas Car
The Honda Civic Natural Gas behaves like a Honda Civic that has lost power, taking longer to get up to 60 miles per hour than the gas powered and even the hybrid, which has similar horsepower under the hood.
Alternative fuel vehicles like the Honda Civic Natural Gas powered model are HOV lane legal in California.
Rivals of Honda Civic Natural Gas Car
Rivals to the Honda Civic Natural Gas include the mainline Honda Civic, the Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen Jetta.
What if you want an alternative fuel vehicle Hybrid rivals include the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Chevy Volt hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron, Hyndai Sonata plug-in hybrid, Honda Insight, Toyota Avalon hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max energi, and Toyota Prius. The Honda Civic Natural Gas rival the Kia Soul EV (electric vehicle) is available in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Texas.
Trivia about Honda Civic Natural Gas Car
The Honda Civic Natural Gas version was the only CNG bar available to non-fleet customers.
The Honda Civic GX was made in Greensburg, Kansas, a city rebuilt after a tornado to be very eco-friendly.
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