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!
In another example of how Honda is looking forward and blazing the trail of environmentally-friendly auto manufacturing, Honda announced it will install two wind turbines that will supply 10% of the energy for its Russell Point, Ohio plant.
According to this article, “These wind turbines stand at 160 feet tall; the blades will be 160 feet long…They are to generate 10,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power 800 houses.”
The local community has been supportive of Honda’s efforts to lessen the carbon footprint of the plant that employs more about 1,150 people. Honda is one of only five companies to use wind power on this level.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors that will help Honda reduce (carbon) emissions,” Gary Hand, vice president of Honda Transmission.”
Read the complete article about how Honda is reducing its environmental impact HERE.
Honda not only prides itself on innovative vehicles, but also innovative systems. Honda has applied that creativity and eye for environmental-friendliness to its automobile painting system called “Honda Smart Ecological Paint.”
According to this article, “It will reduce the amount of paint materials used, eliminate 40 percent of painting processes, and reduce 40 percent of CO2 emissions compared to traditional painting methods.”
How did Honda achieve something others in the industry have not? By developing a highly-functional material for the base coat that allows it to cut out one step of painting and one step of baking. So instead of being a four-coat, three-bake process like most automakers, Honda will use a three-coat, two-bake process.
Multiply that by the number of cars Honda kicks out and you can see how big of a difference that will make.
“In addition, Honda will also introduce a wall-mounted paint robot system with a built-in quick load, quick wash paint tank. The company said the technology will lead to a significant improvement in painting efficiency and pollution.”
Honda again shows that it’s leading the pack of environmentally-friendly vehicles and meeting stringent government rules regarding emissions. The Honda Accord Plug-In was the first vehicle to meet California’s emissions standards, the strictest in the nation.
“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard,” says Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Office and head of the mobile source program. “Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”
According to this article, the Honda Accord Plug-In “reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 50% from current required levels, bringing it to levels not mandated until 2025. As a result of the advanced technology in its design, the full-size sedan achieves the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon (mpg) city / 105 mpg highway in hybrid mode, and 47 mpg city / 46 mpg highway in standard (gas only) mode.”
So according to the above information, Honda is 12 years ahead of its time. Talk about over-achieving.
Honda continually proves why it has been the “Greenest Automaker” for the past several years with these impressive emission and miles-per-gallon numbers.
“Honda has always been a leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “I am proud to be a part of a company that creates vehicles that are the first to meet environmental standards. Honda takes initiative and doesn’t wait until it is forced to make more responsible cars. Even though the Accord Plug-In isn’t available in the Northwest yet, Honda has a long history of paving the way with cars that have low emissions and great gas mileage so drivers are buying and using less gas.”
The article points out:
- The 1996 Honda Civic was the first vehicle to be certified as a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV)
- The 1998 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV)
- The 2000 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Super-Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV)
- The 2001 Civic GX natural gas vehicle was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV)
- The 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission hybrid Vehicle (AT PZEV).
Check out all of the details about how Honda is the leading green automaker in the entire article.
What do you think? Does the fact that Honda is an industry-leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles persuade you to buy Honda?