Monday, September 9, 2013

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas cheaper than gasoline Civic in Oklahoma

Honda continues their promotion of the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, even while the 2013 version is now on sale at Don Carlton Honda in Tulsa (which my wife recently purchased).

Very happy to announce that the Free Fuel Card Program for the leftover MY12 Civic CNGs has been extended two months. The program has a new conclusion date of October 31st. Please note, I don't expect the program to be extended again as we have far fewer than 300 Civic CNGs at dealers and at their current sales rate we should be sold out within two months.
So if you've been considering a CNG powered Civic the deals on MY12s have never been better. If you wait much longer you'll be left out.
Thank you.
This Fuel Card discount is $2,000 - distributed as two $1,000 prepaid Visa cards after purchase of the Civic.

How to calculate your net price for Oklahoma

Purchase Price (MSRP in $27k range) minus $2,000 Fuel Card minus $1,000 Oklahoma Natural Gas rebate minus $3,500 Oklahoma income tax credit.  Note that many dealers are discounting the purchase price significantly; reportedly as much as 10 to 20%. It's possible that you could end up owning a new 2012 Honda Civic that runs on $1.00 CNG for significantly less than $20,000, net of the rebates, Fuel Card, and the ONG rebate. 

Which dealers have 2012 Civics? 

Two versions of the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas
  1. Navigation - typically prices $1,000 over the non-Navi version.
  2. No Navigation - includes all features of the Navigation version except SiriusXM and the navigation.
There are no other features or options to select when buying a natural gas Civic other than color, which is limited to white, silver, charcoal gray, and "cool mist" light blue. 

You can direct questions to me on Facebook and Twitter at @burnUSgas. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Tulsa & the Texas Triangle in the CNG Honda Civic

The emergence of CNG stations along the "Texas Triangle" has been reported recently. This past week I needed to be in Houston and San Antonio, so I decided to take the 2012 CNG Honda Civic on a tour of the Texas Triangle to prove whether the stations are prevalent enough. Note that the Civic holds 8 gge of CNG and no gasoline (called a "dedicated CNG vehicle").

This map shows the route I chose. 

Route deviations: 
  1. Placemark B - West on I-40 from Henryetta, OK to stop at the Love's station in Okemah, OK, then south on Hwy 75.  As reported in the previous post, "Oklahoma Turnpikes & CNG", the Indian Nation turnpike badly needs CNG refueling at the service plazas, but until that's installed Okemah is the route to Dallas. 
  2. Placemark C - East on Loop 336 in Conroe, TX to refuel at Waste Management's Clean 'N Green station. 
  3. Placemark E - West on Hwy 71 to the City of Austin's CNG station.  Love's future CNG stations in San Antonio are not operational yet, so a refuel in Austin was necessary. 
  4. Placemark G - this stop was not necessary as there are stations in Fort Worth, but I want to check out the Peake Fuel Solutions station in Cleburne, TX. 
The total distance driven was 1,343 miles.  The total cost of CNG was $61.33. That works out to about 4.5 cents per mile. 

I discovered on this trip that the mileage of the 2012 Civic is phenomenal - I achieved 44 mpg on the leg from Tulsa to Dallas averaging 65 mph.  The lowest mileage, 37 mpg, was on the Austin to Fort Worth leg - I was ready to get home averaged 75 mph. 

I'm searching for a metric that illustrates how the CNG Civic is the cheapest, fastest way to travel.  While a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf can recharge for minimal cost like a CNG Civic, it takes hours of time every 80 miles or so. The fillups in the CNG Civic take less than 5 minutes and I'm back on the road driving the speed limit (not 55 mph in an attempt to extend the range). 

Called into KRMG's Wheels show Saturday morning - here's the audio of that call. 

I'll end this post with photos of the various CNG stations. 

Love's Travel Stop next to I-40 in Okemah, OK

Clean Energy near Downtown Dallas, just off I-45

Waste Management's Clean 'N Green station in Conroe, TX

City of Austin's station just off I-35

Peake Fuel Solutions (using GE CNG-in-a-box) in Cleburne, TX

Chickasaw Travel Stop in Thackerville, OK, just off I-35