National environmental consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA) announced today that it has been selected by American Honda Motor Company (Honda) to promote the newly redesigned Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan. GNA is widely recognized for its efforts in leading the successful deployment of clean, alternative fuel transportation projects across the U.S.
GNA will collaborate with Honda to market the Civic Natural Gas sedan in 19 states spanning the Mid-West to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions including the District of Columbia. The project will be managed by GNA’s East Coast office, based in New York City.
GNA chief executive officer Erik Neandross stated,“GNA is extremely fortunate to have played a role in managing the deployment of a number of nationally recognized NGV projects. We are excited to work with American Honda to promote its Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan, which is the nation’s leading light-duty natural gas vehicle product.”
Newly redesigned for 2012, the Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan (previously known as the Honda Civic GX) is the world’s cleanest internal combustion engine vehicle. The Civic Natural Gas is available in 33 states and will soon be available to consumers in five additional states by the end of the 2011 calendar year with production numbers growing in response to high consumer and fleet demand. With high gasoline prices nationwide, the Honda Civic Natural Gas offers consumers a cleaner transportation alternative that is also cost effective. Purchase incentives currently pending under legislation HR 1380, the NAT GAS Act, would create an even more favorable scenario for the purchase of NGVs with tax credits for vehicle and fuel purchases as well as fleet or home refueling stations.
The Civic Natural Gas is the only OEM-built, compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered passenger car assembled in the U.S. It is built on the same assembly line as the gasoline-powered Civic four-door models at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana manufacturing facility. The Civic Natural Gas is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2 Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. The Civic Natural Gas has earned recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as the "greenest vehicle of 2010" for the seventh consecutive year.
Purchase incentives for the Honda Natural Gas sedan are currently-pending under federal legislation HR 1380, the NAT GAS Act, which would create tax credits for natural gas vehicle and fuel purchases as well as fleet or home refueling stations.
As an inherently clean-burning fuel, natural gas produces 75 percent fewer smog forming pollutants (oxides of nitrogen) compared to the output of a conventional gasoline engine. Natural gas is also an abundant, domestically sourced fuel that is approximately 30 percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a public access CNG refueling station.
About Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)
With headquarters in Santa Monica, California, and in New York, New York, GNA (gladstein.org) is one of the nation’s leading environmental consulting firms specializing in emission reduction, energy and transportation policy, carbon management, and market development for clean, alternative fuel and efficient vehicle technologies. GNA works with businesses, governments and communities to expand markets for environmentally responsible products and services and to develop strategies and raise awareness about projects and technologies that promote a sustainable economy, environment and communities. Over the last 15 years, GNA has successfully secured over $210 million on behalf of its clients and the multiple clean energy and transportation technology projects on which it has collaborated.
About American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
American Honda is glad to do its part to develop sustainable transportation options, striving to be a leader and a company “society wants to exist.” Named America's "Greenest Automaker" for the fifth consecutive time by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), American Honda continues to pioneer leading edge technologies to benefit the environment and address energy diversity issues. Among its alternative fuel vehicle offerings are: the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the cleanest internal combustion vehicle in the world (according to the U.S. EPA) and the greenest vehicle in the United States (according to ACEEE); and, the FCX Clarity, the first CARB- and EPA-certified hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Scheduled in 2012 to join this environmentally–responsible line-up in the United States are the Fit EV and a plug-in hybrid vehicle.