Honda Eco-Timeline

Honda’s Record on the Environment and Fuel Efficiency

"Honda is in a class of its own when it comes to producing clean cars and trucks," said David Friedman, research director of Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program. Honda has ranked number one in each issue of UCS’s report, Automaker Rankings: The Environmental Performance of Car Companies, which was first issued in 1998. The rankings are based on emissions, sales and fuel-economy data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Honda introduced the Insight, the first hybrid available in the U.S., in 1999. Yet, Honda’s record of producing low emission, fuel-efficient vehicles dates back to the release of its first car in America in 1970.

Honda Environmental Highlights

1970

The lightweight and fuel-efficient N600 is the first Honda car sold in America.

1971

CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) technology is announced by Honda, which in 1975 led to the world’s first engine to comply with the 1970 Clean Air Act emission requirement without a catalytic converter.

1977

The Honda Civic CVCC is ranked first in fuel efficiency in the EPA’s first-ever list of the Top 10 fuel-efficient cars.

1986

The Civic CRX-HF is the first mass-produced four-cylinder car to break the 50 miles per gallon fuel-economy mark.

1988

The foundation technology for Honda’s achievements in high performance, low emissions and high fuel efficiency is announced: the VTEC™ (variable valve timing and lift electronic control) automobile engine.

1995

Fuel-economy leadership puts four Honda models on the EPA’s list of the Top 10 fuel-efficient cars.

1996

The 1996 Honda Civic is the first gasoline-powered car to meet California’s Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards.

1997

Honda announces a virtually pollution-free, gasoline-powered internal-combustion engine, the ZLEV (Zero-Level-Emission Vehicle). Honda is the first manufacturer to voluntarily make its Low- Emission Vehicles available in all 50 states. By 1999, two-thirds of all Honda cars sold in the United States are voluntarily equipped with advanced low-emission technology.

With an EPA-rated city driving range of 125 miles, Honda begins leasing the first four-passenger electric vehicle with advanced battery technology to consumers.

1999

Honda develops a fuel-efficient low-emission hybrid engine that achieves 61 mpg city/70 mpg highway (EPA fuel-economy estimates), with a gasoline engine and an electric motor.

The 2000 Accord is the first gasoline vehicle to meet CARB’s Super-Ultra-Low-Emission standard.

For the third straight year, the Honda Insight is named the "Most Fuel-Efficient Car in America" by the EPA.

Honda captures 29 awards for its fleet of production vehicles in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum for "Environmentally Innovative Vehicles."

2002

Every 2002 Honda and Acura vehicle is rated LEV (Low-Emission Vehicle) or cleaner by Federal Emission Standards.

The Honda Civic Hybrid ushers in a new era of hybrid technology, and Honda becomes the first to mass produce the hybrid powertrain to the consumer market.

Honda opens a a 212,888-square-foot warehouse, designed, constructed and now operating using environmentally friendly products and practices. Honda’s new “green” facility will supply parts to nine Western states and act as a training center and zone office in Gresham, Oregon.

2004

Honda introduces the first high-performance family sedan available with hybrid technology.


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