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Quintet of Hondas Recognized for Environmental Friendliness

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The all-electric Honda Fit EV

The Honda Fit EV was among five Hondas named to the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy’s “GreenBook Online” for their environmental friendliness. (Photo courtesy American Honda Motor Company.)

Five Hondas have been recognized by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for their environmentally friendly credentials.

According to a Honda media release, ACEEE ranked the all-electric Honda Fit EV second on its list of “greenest” vehicles, and the Insight and Civic Hybrid were named among 12 of the most environmentally responsible vehicles available to the public, in the group’s opinion.

The regular Fit hatchback and the Odyssey minivan were named among the group’s “greener choices for 2013″ within their respective clases, the release said. The recognition came in the ACEEE’s annual “GreenBook Online” publication.

Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Company, said, “”The recognition by ACEEE of Honda’s alternative fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles over the past 15 years further validates our commitment to create and deliver more energy-efficient, low emissions mobility solutions for society. Honda’s vision for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is reflected in our environmental slogan of ‘Blue Skies for our Children,’ inspires us to lead and innovate in every aspect of our operations, from our product engineering and manufacturing practices to our upstream sales and service activities.”

Haven’t heard of the Fit EV? That’s probably because you don’t live in the “select markets” in California and Oregon where the car is currently being leased at $389 per month, according to the release. Honda said it will roll the model out to more “select markets” in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York this spring. Nevertheless, it finished just one point behind the widely available Toyota Prius C in ACEEE’s rankings.

According to the media release, ACEEE uses “a singular measure that incorporates fuel economy and health-related pollution impacts plus global warming and upstream emissions. All vehicles are analyzed and given a ‘Green Score’ which is used to rank each vehicle’s total environmental performance, including a list of the 12 ‘greenest’ and 12 ‘meanest’ vehicles along with a ranking of greenest vehicles by segment.”

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