We are pleased to announce that we have recently been Certified as an Authorized Natural Gas Vehicle selling dealer, and will have our first vehicles arriving soon. To become Certified, we have had to send our Technicians to training, as well as our Sales Personel.
The Natural Gas Honda Civic looks (for the most part) exactly like any other Civic, except within the fuel door. In the Butler/ Cranberry area, the closest Natural Gas filling station is at the Get-Go on 228 in Cranberry. The Facilitator for the Honda Natural Gas product has explained that more should be on the horizon very soon. Giant Eagle and Get-Go have made impressive strides around the county to add Natural Gas filling stations and have converted a great deal of their fleet to NG vehicles. Natural Gas vehicles produce the lowest emissions of any vehicle made (aside from solely electric) and don’t rely on foreign oil to fuel.
With the large onset of Natural Gas drilling within our region, this vehicle makes a great deal of sense. Current Natural Gas fuel prices are approximately $1.99/ gallon and the 2014 Honda Civic NG will run approximately 300 miles on a “tank” of fuel depending on what type of driving you do.
On March 1st of this year, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program for Clean, Alternative Fuel Vehicles. This is designed for companies who choose to have their vehicles meet corporate sustainability or other environmental goals. Within this Grant, 50% of the cost of the incremental cost of the 2014 Honda Civic NG sedan will be covered! There is a 5 vehicle minimum to qualify, but applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other organizations within PA to qualify if need be. Eligible entities include: non-profit agencies, for-profit agencies, school districts, commonwealth or municipal authorities, and local transportation companies.
Details of the application can be viewed at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us. Applications will be awarded in the fall of 2014.