AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Driving a CNG Civic

October 27th, 2008 at 3:56pm

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WWJ Newsradio 950

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What’s it like driving a car powered by compressed natural gas? Well, you don’t notice anything at all, until you go to fill up.

I just got to test drive a Honda Civic that runs on natural gas. Or I should say, compressed natural gas. There are a lot of places where you can buy natural gas, but not a lot that sell compressed natural gas. It has to be compressed because the only way you can get a semi-decent range is to really cram it into the tank.

In southeast Michigan there are only about 5 stations that sell CNG. If you get online it looks like there are more stations, but good thing I called ahead, because a number of those listings no longer sell CNG.

But the good news is, CNG is a lot cheaper than gasoline. I paid the equivalent of $1.94 a gallon, and I filled the tank for less than ten bucks.

One Comment to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Driving a CNG Civic”

  1. John Says:

    John McElroy,

    Any news on the new Toyota CNG car?