Four Cars Qualify Lone Drivers for California Car-Pool Lanes
American Honda is spreading the word that it leads the industry with four cars that qualify single drivers to use California’s time-saving HOV – High Occupancy Vehicle – lanes. They are the Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the Civic Natural Gas, the Fit EV all-electric vehicle and FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-electric.
“With four different Honda vehicles, the most of any automaker, providing single-occupancy access to California’s carpool lanes, we are creating tremendous opportunities for consumers to save time and money and reduce their environmental footprint,” product planning and logistics VP Art St. Cyr says in a release. “Only Honda offers a broad portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles in various sizes and body styles to meet the diverse needs of California drivers.”
Currently on-sale at 76 Honda dealers in California, the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid sedan is the most fuel-efficient sedan in America with a 115 MPGe fuel economy rating. It is also the first and only vehicle in the U.S. to meet the new, strict SULEV20 emissions standard. The Accord Plug-In offers 12 to 15 miles of all-electric range before switching to an efficient hybrid powertrain with an EPA rating of 47/46/46 city/highway/combined fuel economy. “This distinctly styled midsize sedan will soon be joined by a two-motor Accord Hybrid model later this year,” Honda says.
- Honda is the only automaker to offer an OEM-built compressed natural gas powered vehicle with the 2012 Civic Natural Gas. An ideal daily commuter, the Civic Natural Gas offers range of 190 miles per CNG tankful. The Civic Natural Gas is built exclusively in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts and runs on clean burning natural gas, which is domestically sourced and costs about one third less per gasoline gallon equivalent as gasoline. Additionally, through April 30, 2013, Honda is offering a $3,000 Clean Energy fuel card with the purchase of a 2012 Civic Natural Gas, “potentially defraying years of already-reduced fuel costs.”
The Fit EV and FCX Clarity each offer zero-emissions driving experiences. Among the most fuel-efficient vehicles yet rated by the EPA with 118 MPGe and based on the popular five-door, five-passenger Fit and Fit Sport, the 100-percent electric Fit EV features a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery and a compact, 92-kilowatt (123 horsepower) AC synchronous electric motor that produces 189 ft-lb of motor torque. This efficient powertrain is teamed with a fully independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system. The result is a fun-to-drive EV with an EPA combined city/highway driving range rating of 82 miles.
The Fit EV is available at Honda dealerships in California, Oregon and selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and New Jersey for lease at $389 a month, which includes collision insurance and vehicle maintenance.
The FCX Clarity fuel cell-electric vehicle has a driving range of 240 miles and can be refueled in minutes at any of nine hydrogen stations in Southern California. “The futuristically styled FCX Clarity is available for lease exclusively in Southern California,” Honda notes.
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Source: American Honda with Fleets & Fuels follow-up