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|Honda to Test Natural Gas-Powered Civic with "Almost Zero" Emissions|
|Tokyo, February 17, 1997 --- Honda announced today it has developed a compressed natural gas-powered "Civic
GX". Producing "almost zero" exhaust emissions, this car will be tested on public
roads starting this month prior to being made available to the general public.
In addition to its inherently clean nature, natural gas is also available in even
larger quantities than petrol. It is also familiar as home-use gas.
Honda Motor has been researching cleaner vehicles over a long period of time. Building on this foundation, we wanted to further push the limits for natural gas-powered vehicles and add the Civic GX to Honda's fast growing family of alternative fuel and clean air vehicles.
Using a VTEC-E engine, the Civic GX combines dramatically lowered emission with performance on a par with gasoline-engined cars. To solve the cruising range problem associated with natural gas-powered vehicles before now, we have adopted an all-composite fuel tank. The advantages are one-third the weight of an aluminum equivalent while offering a driving range similar to that of gasoline-powered cars at 400km on one full tank.
The tank itself has been located in an area of the trunk providing enough crushable zone in rear end collisions. A rigid body structure further adds to passenger safety. Combining the tank, its high pressure plumbing and related accessories into one single module has also made mass production possible.
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