As Americans continue to strive toward cleaner and more efficient means of transportation, the use of Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, has steadily gained popularity. But to many drivers, CNG remains a curiosity, even as it has developed to the point where its viability can’t be questioned.
So, first things first: CNG is a mixture of hydrocarbons, roughly 90% of which is methane, which is known to burn much cleaner and with a higher octane content than standard gasoline. Due to this, CNG produces about 20% less carbon dioxide and 70% less carbon monoxide than a gasoline vehicle, and is also safer, cheaper and more abundant than gasoline.
So how clean does a CNG Civic operate and how does it compare to other vehicles? The Civic Natural Gas is classified as an AT-PZEV vehicle. In fact, the Civic Natural Gas is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle ever tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Oklahoma has long been a major proponent of CNG technology, and the level of commitment in the area only continues to grow. CNG is sold in “gasoline gallon equivalents,” or GGEs, and there are already nearly 75 public CNG fueling stations statewide, with nearly 25 more currently in development. Using fast-fill stations takes a comparable amount of time to filling a gasoline vehicle, while home units are also available for overnight fueling.
The desire to produce cleaner, more efficient vehicles has been a long-held mission at Honda, and this is never more evident than in the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas, now available at Honda of Bartlesville. Powered by a 1.8L In-Line 4-Cylinder engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas delivers efficiency numbers that shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s ever driven a Honda: an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. When you pair this incredible efficiency with the fact that a GGE of compressed natural gas costs roughly one-third of what a gallon of gasoline costs, and that it can even be done from the convenience of your own home, a fuller picture of the CNG advantage begins to emerge.
Many incentives are available for Oklahoma drivers who invest in a CNG vehicle, including a tax rebate for 50% (up to $2,500) of the purchase of a home fueling station, 75% of the cost of installing a fueling infrastructure system, and 50% of the incremental cost of purchasing a new CNG vehicle. When you consider that the incremental cost of the Honda Civic Natural Gas is $6,935, the available incentives for buyers of CNG vehicles is difficult to ignore. All of these rebates are available by filling out a simple application from Oklahoma Natural Gas.
 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.