There is only one production natural gas vehicle currently available in the United States: the Honda Civic GX. The cleanest internal-combustion vehicle on Earth. That’s definitely high praise from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Learn how it performed during our Civic GX test drive and review, or check out the photo gallery from the Honda Civic GX test drive week. Orders for the Civic GX may be placed anytime during the model year, and it is usually available in 60-90 days, or 30 days if in current stock (since Honda is building vehicles in advance for anticipated sales.) For a cost evaluation specific to the Honda Civic GX, check out the U.S. Department of Energy's helpful Natural Gas Vehicle Cost Calculator.
With the limited options of current NGVs available, you may want to consider retrofitting a car or light or heavy-duty truck to utilize compressed natural gas (CNG) with an aftermarket conversion system. There are a variety of companies that offer CNG conversion kits and services. Some previous model years have limited availability of bi-fuel ability with an engine that can burn both natural gas and diesel or gasoline. Search for a natural gas vehicle through this Department of Energy alternative vehicle database, with comprehensive listings of makes and models back to 2001.
NGV Cleaner Emissions
The extra footwork in obtaining a natural gas vehicle pays off in spades when talking emissions. When compared with conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles, natural gas vehicles are much cleaner. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CNG vehicles really shine:
- they reduce carbon monoxide emissions 90 to 97 percent
- they reduce carbon dioxide emissions 25 percent
- they reduce nitrogen oxide emissions 35 to 60 percent
- they potentially reduce non-methane hydrocarbon emissions 50 to 75 percent
- they emit fewer toxic and carcinogenic pollutants
- they emit little or no particulate matter
- they eliminate evaporative emissions
And remember, compressed natural gas, though not a liquid, is dispensed in equivalent gallons, and the fuel economy is referred to in the gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE). And just to spread that smile a little wider, natural gas, per equivalent unit, is significantly less expensive than gasoline in most parts of the U.S.
NGV Tax Incentives
There are a variety of federal and state-wide incentives for vehicles that use CNG. This natural gas vehicle incentive database provides current information regarding the incentives and laws for CNG-powered vehicles.
Find a CNG Filling Station Near You
This state-wide database, maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy, offers the ability to search for a CNG filling station in all 50 states and also has more information about CNG home refueling. Additional information regarding natural gas infrastructure is also available.