Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Calif. Offers $1,000 Incentive for Honda Civic CNG

May 14, 2014

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.
Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

The California Energy Commission is providing fleet-eligible $1,000 incentives for the purchase of Honda's Civic Natural Gas sedan as part of a larger initiative to expand the use of alternative fuels in the state.

The commission awarded Honda incentives for up to 1,600 Civic Natural Gas sedans that will be offered through dealers on a first-come-first-serve basis to fleets and retail buyers, said Annabel Cook, a Honda alternative fuel vehicle consultant.

Honda dealers began offering the incentives April 22. The one-year program expires April 22, 2015. The incentives, which are part of the state's Natural Gas Vehicle Buydown program, should be plentiful partly because Honda produces about 2,000 per model year, Cook said.

"The likihood that we'll be out of them any time soon is slim to none," Cook said.

So far, several government fleets have taken advantage of the incentives, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), Santa Monica Big Blue Bus transit agency, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

The AQMD is seeking to acquire 20 Civic Natural Gas sedans that would be used as inspector vehicles, public affairs vehicles and pool cars. LAWA has acquired three sedans for use at Los Angeles International Airport as administrative pool cars. The Santa Monica transit agency plans to use its three cars for driver release vehicles.

Several corporate fleets have also placed large orders for the Civic Natural Gas sedan, including AT&T. The telecommunications giant ordered 225 sedans in 2013 for its California operations.

By Paul Clinton

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Article News

Popular Stories


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Recent Topics

I am looking for a used bucket truck for around $50k for our traffic division. The only stringent requirement is the 50' bucket work...

View Topic

I am looking for an anti idle unit for my pickup and medium duty trucks. I need the warning lights to stay on so it would need to start...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1126 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Terminology used in many European countries to define closed end Operating Leases where the lessor is responsible for the cost of maintenance and tires in addition to taking residual value risk.

Read more