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Honda Plants Trees in Canada

As a global company, Honda has consistently shown it cares about environments around the world. In a recent announcement, Honda Canada announced it is going to plant 18,000 trees in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.

Why 18,000? Because that represents one tree for every Honda customer who bought a Honda ATV or lawn care product.

“At Honda, our goal is to be a company that Canadians want to exist and we make every effort to ensure the preservation of the environment in all of our corporate activities. This campaign is a national initiative with local benefits and will contribute to the Canadian landscape long into the future,” explains Jeff Stralak, Senior Manager, Motorcycle & Power Equipment Division, Honda Canada Inc. “The Forest RecoveryCanada program is a perfect fit and the “One Honda. One Tree.” campaign has far exceeded our expectations. Honda, along with our customers, associates and families, has helped plant more than 94,000 trees in Canada over the past seven years. ”

“These new trees will contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians, from Victoria to St. John’s,” explains Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario. “Honda Canada has become a strong supporter of the Forest Recovery Canada program and we applaud their customers’ efforts who, through their purchases, have contributed to increasing forest cover across the Canadian landscape.”

Honda Accord Hybrid Set Up to Take Down Competition

There has been a lot written about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid set to land at dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, and Northwest Honda in October of this year.

We LOVE this brief set up of the battle among the hybrids. Basically, the 2014 Honda Accord getting almost 50 miles per gallon will be enough to overtake the competition and become the hybrid supreme.

Well, according to this article it is.

“We are extremely excited to get the 2014 Honda Accord here at Sims Honda,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The market has been warming up to hybrid technology more and more as the technology gets better and people begin to get used to it. Combine better hybrid technology with the dependability and reliability of the Honda Accord brand and no doubt it will be a top seller everywhere. Who doesn’t want 50 miles to the gallon?!”

What do you think? Will getting 49 mpg (far more than other hybrid competitors) be enough to make the 2014 Honda Accord the top hybrid?

Honda Issues Global Environmental Report, CO2 Emissions Greatly Reduced

Honda recently released its global Environmental Annual Report that summarizes the company’s environmental goals and where they are in terms of achieving those CO2 emissions reductions.

See the complete report here.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A 15.2% reduction in CO2 emissions from automobiles (the goal is 30% by 2020)
  • A 27.4 reduction from motorcycles (goal of 30% by 2020)
  • 14.7% reduction from power products (same goal as above)
  • There has been a 50.1% reduction in use of ‘substances of concern’

Kudos to Honda for putting its environmental goals out for the world to see so they can be held accountable. By the looks of things it looks like Honda is on schedule to achieve it’s environmental goals and make a big difference in the world!

Honda Builds a Smart Home

Honda is a giant automotive world. Honda is also a giant in the world of environmental innovation.

And now Honda is bringing that home. Literally.

Honda will develop a “Smart Home” with UC Davis to showcase how a home can be completely self-sustaining and emit zer0-carbons.

“As an academic leader in sustainability research, UC Davis is proud to be the site of this innovative research home, which will take us to the next level of energy research and deployment,” the university said.

In fact, this Honda Smart Home is expected to produce more energy than it uses.

“The Honda Smart Home will also give its occupants comprehensive control over all home systems, allowing residents to remotely and continually monitor and adjust all aspects of energy use in real time.
Among the many technologies that will be applied to the Honda Smart Home US are a solar-power system, a Honda energy-management system, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and a lighting system designed by US Davis, and direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging.”

Check out the complete article here.

So what do you think? Do would you live in a Honda Smart Home? Do you think California will reach its goal of”of requiring all new residential construction to be “zero net energy” by 2020?” Do you think that’s a good idea?

 

Honda’s Efforts to Reduce CO2 is a Global Effort

Honda is proving to the world that it is dedicated to reducing its CO2 emissions all over the world. Honda is going to invest more than $49 million to build a wind farm in Brazil; Honda’s goal is to reduce overall emissions by 30% by the year 2020 (compared to levels in the year 2000).

According to this article, “The proposed wind power plant will employ nine wind power turbine units and is expected to generate around 85,000MW of electricity annually, and will become operational by the end of September 2014.”

Honda is establishing a new subsidiary, Honda Energy do Brasil, which is doing all it can to minimize its own footprint while decreasing Honda’s overall carbon footprint.

“Wind power generation has proven to be very effective in reducing CO2 emissions,” said Honda Energy do Brasil president Carlos Eigi. ”Through the utilization of renewable energy, Honda will continue to be proactive in pursuing environmental conservation activities in Brazil.”

We love to see Honda’s dedication to environmentally products and processes, especially with stories that show it’s a global effort and not one that we can see in the United States.

Greenest Car Shopping Areas…Don’t Include Seattle

I thought I knew what to expect as I read this article in honor of Earth Day that listing the locations of America’s greenest car shoppers.

Until I saw the list, that is. Here is the list cities most buying hybrids, electric vehicles, and other green cars:

10. Sacramento—Stockton—Modesto, California

9. Medford—Klamath Falls, Oregon

8. Lima, Ohio

7. Honolulu, Hawaii

6. Washington D.C.

5. Eureka, California

4. Portland, Oregon

3. San Diego, California

2. Monterey—Salinas, California

1. San Francisco—Oakland—San Jose, California

There were a couple things about this list that stood out to me. The first is that Lima, Ohio is eighth on the list (where is Lima, Ohio?). The second, and most surprising to me, is the fact that Seattle (and surrounding area) is not on the list at all (and that Lima, Ohio is). As a Puget Sound driver, it seems crazy to me that Seattle is not on the list because I see so many hybrid vehicles on the road.

The article is right that it makes sense that the list would be full of West Coast cities because it has”…abundant charging stations, special perks for eco-friendly drivers in some western cities and robust infrastructure, the West Coast is well equipped to cater to the needs of eco-conscious drivers.” This seems especially true for Seattle, which is also a city of early adopters and prides itself on its technological know-how.

However, Seattle is still oddly missing from this list.

What do you think? Was this a mistake on the part of Cars.com or is there a reason Seattle didn’t make the list?

Drive a Honda, Use the HOV Lane

A new report stated that Honda makes the most cars that can legally drive in California’s HOV lanes with only a driver in the vehicle.

Why? Because Honda makes the most gosh-darn environmentally friendly vehicles.

According to the California Air Resources Board, Honda makes four vehicles that meet its air quality standards to be eligible to use the carpool lane even when there’s only one occupant. The four vehicles are:

  • The Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid. The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid sedan has a EPA driving range of 570 miles with an EPA rating of 115 MPGe, a standard used to measure the combined efficiency of an electric vehicle.
  • The Honda Civic Natural Gas. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas (CNG) has an EPA of 31 MPG.
  • The Honda Fit EV, which has an EPA rating of 118 MPGe with an EPA driving range of 82 miles.
  • The FCX Clarity, which has a EPA rating of 60 MPEe with an EPA driving range of 240 miles.

This article points out that using the HOV lane in California can shave 30 minutes off your commute where a ten mile drive can often take 30 to 40 minutes. That is DEFINITELY something we can relate to if you’ve ever hit Seattle traffic during rush hour or there is an accident in one of the two through lanes in downtown Seattle. The HOV lane is your friend in the Puget Sound area!

“The average annual five year fuel savings of the Honda Accord Plug-In, Honda Civic CNG and Honda Fit EV is about $7,783.  The fuel savings for the FCX Clarity haven’t been released.”

If you care about the environment, saving money and getting around faster (sounds pretty good right?), then be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today. Not all of these vehicles may be available in Washington state yet, but no doubt any of them would make a big difference in your life and your budget.

Honda is “Recycling” Rare Earth Metals

Honda is putting to good use material from the batteries of hundreds of hybrid vehicles that were rendered unsellable after the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

 

Honda is now able to extract rare earth metals from the batteries of 387 hybrid vehicles and put them into new batteries for new hybrid vehicles. This is an important process because the metals from these batteries are, well, rare, so any opportunity to not have mine for more is awesome.

According to this article there is no need to worry about the quality of battery in Honda hybrids.

“The good news is that the rare earth metals extracted in this process have a purity ofmore than 99%, which is as high as that of ordinary traded, newly mined rare earth metals. In addition, the new process enables the extraction of as much as above 80% of rare earth metals contained in nickel-metal hydride battery.”

This new ‘rare earth metals’ extraction system will not only be used on hybrid vehicles damaged by the tsunami in Japan, but as the process is worked out, will be used for batteries collected by dealerships as they get used hybrid vehicles. That will, undoubtedly, make a big difference in the overall environmental impact of the hybrid vehicle itself and Honda processes in general.

 

Green Car Journal Names Honda’s ECO Asist as Top 10 Green Technology

Honda’s “Ecological Drive Assist System,” ECO Assist for short, was named to Green Car Journal’s  list of top 10 green technology’s of 2013.

According to this article, “Honda said its ECO Assist technology can help drivers develop driving habits that enhance fuel efficiency by observing the speedometer background’s response to driving practices. Fuel-saving behaviors like smooth acceleration and braking make the meter glow green. Less fuel-efficient driving habits will cause the meter glow blue-green, while aggressive starts and stops that consume extra fuel cause the meter to glow blue.”

Honda hopes that using the ECO Assist technology will help drivers develop more fuel efficient driving habits over the long term.

“Honda is really thinking ahead with the ECO Assist technology,” said John Clough, sales manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “Not only does the vehicle itself have technology that reduces emissions and use less fuel, but it’s also helping people become more fuel efficient in the way they drive. It’s really revolutionary.”

Honda is hoping the visual nature of the technology will be easy to use and really make a difference.

“Honda developed the driver guidance and driver feedback functions of ECO Assist to help drivers improve their fuel economy, and in turn, to also benefit our environment,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “The visual nature of the technology is intended to help drivers improve their efficient driving skills by making it a more fun and rewarding experience.”

Honda is honored to be given this award by the Green Car Journal for its ground breaking technology.

“Honda’s ECO Assist system was selected as a Green Car Technology Award finalist for its innate ability to help drivers enhance their fuel efficiency,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and www.CarsOfChange.com. “In an era of increased demands on environmental performance from consumers and government alike, we wanted to highlight the innovative technologies like ECO Assist that make their incredible achievements possible.”

Honda’s ECO Assist technology is available on the 2013 Honda Civic, 2013 Honda CR-V, and the 2013 Honda Accord.

For your opportunity to check out Honda’s innovative ECO Assist technology or any other of Honda’s amazing technology, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda or Apple Valley Honda today.

 

 

Three Hondas in Top Six of Greenest Cars

The Honda Fit, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Honda Insight were listed in the top six of Greencars.org’s ‘greenest’ cars list for 2012.

The Honda Fit placed second, the Honda Civic Hybrid placed fifth, and the Honda Insight placed sixth.

“This isn’t surprising at all,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Honda prides itself on developing vehicles that get great gas mileage and are low-emissions. Whether its manufacturing, selling, or after the cars are sold, Honda wants to be low-impact on the environment.”

  • The Honda Fit (electric engine) was just one point short of the number one car. It gets 3.9/3.1 miles/highway per kilowatt hours (instead of mpgs).
  • The Honda Civic Hybrid gets 44 mpg (city and highway.
  • The Honda Insight gets 41/44 city/highway mpg

See the complete list HERE.

The Honda Fit is a hit with critics and consumers alike for its compact nature on the outside, but surprising amount of space on the inside. The Honda Civic was the best-selling car last year, in good part because of its reliable name and gas mileage. The Honda Insight is a relative unknown compared to the Fit and Civic, but obviously one that car-buyers should take a look at, especially if they want a car that’s environmentally friendly and gets fantastic gas mileage.

Check out the inventory of Honda Fits, Honda Civic Hybrids, and Honda Insights at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, and Apple Valley Honda!

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