The Honda Civic CNG is now eligible to a $1,000 purchase credit in California.

The special savings from the California Energy Commission is an immediate $1,000 purchase credit supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase, stated Honda. In addition to the purchase credit savings, Civic Natural Gas vehicle customers in California have the added benefit of qualifying for single-occupant access to High Occupancy Vehicle “carpool” and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.

Per Honda, California has the most robust natural gas fueling infrastructure in the nation with more than 150 stations in the state.

Honda added the Civic Natural Gas has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg and a fuel cost savings of up to 40-percent compared to gasoline. The company also said its Civic Natural Gas, powered 100-percent by cleaner-burning, abundant and primarily U.S.-sourced natural gas, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, much like a conventional gasoline-powered car.

The Civic Natural Gas’ interior has been enhanced with new standard features including more premium seating materials and door panel trim, as well as new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features, explained Honda. Also new for 2014, the available Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system.

Honda_Civic_CNG_Rear-668Honda also stated this natural gas-powered Civic is the only dedicated CNG-powered passenger car available for retail purchase from a major automaker and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The supply of these $1,000 purchase credits through the California Energy Commission is limited to 1,600 units and expires when all have been distributed or on April 22, 2015, whichever occurs first.