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Honda is Expanding Production of the Natural Gas Powered Civic GX

Honda is hoping to triple its yearly production of natural gas powered Civic from 500 cars in 2005 to 1500 in 2006. Natural gas vehicles were originally only sold as fleet vehicles, but their popularity is steadily growing. In California, there are now about 135 public fueling stations, and FuelMaker in Toronto has begun selling home-based fueling stations. The fueling stations are installed in a homeowner's garage and utilize their already existing natural gas lines.

While the natural gas cars are a bit more expensive to purchase than their standard versions, the federal government will be providing increased tax credits next year to owners that purchase the vehicles or the home-based fueling machines. These tax credits will come close to offsetting the higher costs of initial purchase, while operating expenses can be almost half that of a gasoline powered car.

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