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Honda Civic Natural Gas customers in CA get $1,000 break

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Buyers of the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas now qualify for a $1,000 purchase credit in the state of California, according to Honda. (Photo courtesy Honda Automobiles)

There’s a natural gas Honda Civic available in certain parts of the country. Given California’s concern for greenhouse gas emissions, no surprise here: The state will offer those who buy a Honda Civic Natural Gas model a $1,000 purchase credit.

A press release from Honda said California Energy Commission will offer an “immediate $1,000 purchase credit supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase.”

Besides that, California offers Honda Civic Natural Gas buyers to access high-occupancy vehicle lanes even when only the driver is in the car.

A hat-tip to range anxiety, an investment in infrastructure

As I was just saying about EVs a couple of days ago, range anxiety is a real thing in alternative propulsion vehicles — it’s not just limited to battery-powered electric cars, though they might suffer the shortest range between “fill-ups.” Obviously, one can’t simply fill up a natural gas-burning car like the Honda Civic Natural gas at any old gas station much the same way you can’t just plug the gasoline pump nozzle into your Nissan LEAF’s charging port.

To that end, Honda said California is the home of “the most robust natural gas fueling infrastructure in the nation with more than 150 stations in the state.”

The Honda Civic Natural Gas reportedly can be refueled in a matter of minutes, similar to gasoline-powered vehicles.

With a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpge3‡ and a fuel cost savings of up to 40-percent compared to gasoline, the Civic Natural Gas vehicle can significantly reduce consumers’ pain at the pump,” the press release said.

If you want in on the purchase credit — and especially if you operate a fleet and would like to take advantage of the credit in replacing several vehicles — you had better act fast. The press release said it is limited to 1,600 and will expire either when all credits have been distributed or on April 22, 2015, whichever comes first.

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