American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has announced that their thirteen dealers in Oklahoma can now sell the compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Honda Civic GX to customers on a retail basis.
Three of those dealers have been selling the Civic GX as a fleet vehicle and about 150 of them were sold to fleet operators during 2009. This year things are looking better with 60 already sold so far. The General Manager of Bob Howard Honda lauded the new arrangement, saying, “We have clean abundant natural gas here in Oklahoma and through this wonderful resource we can move to end our country’s dependence on foreign oil and further promote this clean-burning fuel. ”
The Civic is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) compressed natural gas car made in the US. Currently in Oklahoma City compressed natural gas costs about $1.39 per gallon.
Oklahoma has a significant natural gas delivery infrastructure. There are 34 public and private fueling stations within 100 miles of Oklahoma City alone, according to the DOE Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center station locator. Mapmuse lists 52 compressed gas stations throughout the state.
Oklahoma is one of the top producers of natural gas in the US, and has one of the fastest growing local economies. Local government is encouraging the use of its natural gas resources. The state of Oklahoma allows a 75 percent tax credit for companies that invest in qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fueling stations. Also a tax credit of up to $2,500 is available for individuals who invest in CNG vehicle home-fueling equipment.
Hondas are not the only vehicles being sold in Oklahoma using CNG though, as evidenced by a Morris car dealership focused on bi-fuel and CNG, both new and used vechicles. Their inventory features many American-made used trucks.
This seems like a great case of honing regional energy production and its benefits to the local economy appear to be fruitful. Hopefully other states and regions can continue capitalizing on local resources and moving towards greater energy efficiceny and maybe even independence, such as Texas being powered by solar and wind.
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