Saturday, November 12, 2011

Honda Civic CNG Goes Nearly National

Are you tired of paying nearly $4 per gallon for gasoline? Are you mad about 47% of the oil we consume coming from foreign lands?

The Honda Civic CNG goes on sale in 36 states at 200 dealerships and offers an escape from foreign oil and $4 gasoline. The CNG Civic had been available in just 4 states.

Fuel costs of the CNG is around the equivalent of $2 per gallon, plus or minus a bit. The Civic CNG costs $26,925 or about $5,000 more than the oil Civic.

Fuel cost savings from using gas and not gasoline would recover the additional costs for most owners within 3 to 6 years. Moreover emissions are lower than the gasoline Civic, and your addiction to oil will have been kicked.


  1. John,

    I'v been a fan of Better Place for some time now. The information I've been party to, as a member of the Electric Auto Assn., is that it's better, from an efficiency standpoint, to feed the natural gas to the power plants and power the cars with electricity, which has a much higher efficiency rate. What are your thoughts on this? Is Better Place's battery swap approach still the practical way to go? I know their recent study in conjunction with PJM showed that their grid-management approach to changing is effective.

  2. To break the oil addiction it will take CNG, biofuels, and electric vehicles. I support all three. I favor giving consumers alternative fueling options so they can make a choice that they want.

    If you have the information you reference, I would be interested in reading it.

    On the Better Place business model, I am an agnostic. Consumer preference is tricky to predict.