TORRANCE, Calif., June 12,
2003 --- The 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid is the first- ever hybrid vehicle
to earn certification as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero- Emissions
Vehicle (AT-PZEV) from California's Air Resources Board (CARB), adding
to a long list of Honda firsts in environmental technology leadership.
The 2003 Civic Hybrid, currently sold in California, is the only hybrid
vehicle to achieve this stringent emissions level, producing about 90-percent
fewer smog-forming engine emissions than required of a typical new vehicle.
The Civic Hybrid joins the natural gas-powered Civic GX as the only two
vehicles to achieve AT-PZEV status under California's Zero Emissions Vehicle
(ZEV) program. In addition to the air quality benefits provided, the Civic
Hybrid contributes to energy security and reduces green house gas emissions
by delivering high fuel efficiency in a five-passenger sedan.
"Honda's leadership in introducing cleaner vehicles is the result of our
longstanding commitment to the development of new technologies like hybrids
and fuel cells, and the introduction of these technologies to the market
as early as possible," said Gunnar Lindstrom, senior manager of Alternative
Fuel Vehicles at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We have demonstrated
that near zero emission gasoline vehicles, hybrids and natural gas vehicles
are each an effective path to improving air quality."
To achieve the AT-PZEV emissions classification, a vehicle must be a Super
Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) with zero evaporative emissions and
must carry a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty on emissions equipment.
"This is a significant accomplishment for Honda and an important step
toward cleaner air for the citizens of this state," said Alan Lloyd, chairman
of California's Air Resources Board. "It speaks to Honda's commitment
to technology leadership and the emphasis they have placed on reducing
vehicle emissions to extremely low levels." In keeping with the company's
commitment to environmental technology leadership, Honda has consistently
led the industry in meeting new emissions requirements. Every 2003 Honda
model achieves Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) status or better. Honda also
has the highest Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rating among the
10 major automakers.
In December 2002, Honda introduced the FCX, the first and only hydrogen-
powered fuel cell vehicle to receive both EPA and CARB certification for
regular commercial use. The City of Los Angeles has begun a lease program
for five Honda FCX vehicles, the world's first commercial application
of a fuel cell vehicle.
Other Honda clean
air innovations include:
- Civic ULEV (September 2001)
- the first mass-market vehicle sold nationwide as an Ultra Low Emission
- Accord SULEV (November 1999)
- the first vehicle to gain Super-Ultra Low Emission Vehicle certification
- Insight (December 1999)
- the first gasoline-electric hybrid car sold in the United States.
Achieved highest EPA fuel economy rating ever and CARB SULEV status
(CVT), ULEV (MT);
- Civic GX (April 1998) -
the natural gas-powered Civic is the cleanest internal combustion engine
vehicle ever tested by the EPA;
- EV Plus (May 1997) - the
first application of advanced nickel-metal hydride batteries in an electric
- Accord ULEV (September 1997)
- the first gasoline-powered vehicle to gain Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
certification in California;
- Civic (September 1995) -
the first gasoline-powered vehicle to gain Low Emission Vehicle certification
- Civic CVCC (1975) - the world's first vehicle to comply with the 1970 Clean Air
Act using lean burn technology that produced fewer emissions based on the
enhanced performance of the engine (without a catalytic converter).