Honda presented the keys to a 2012 Civic Natural Gas to Anaheim Ducks NHL star George Parros at the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif. Under an agreement with American Honda, Parros will drive the Civic Natural Gas to create awareness of the vehicle amongst his Ducks teammates and fans. It was announced Wednesday, March 7.
The Civic Natural Gas is the only OEM-built, CNG-powered passenger car for sale in the U.S., claims American Honda Motor Co. Now available at 197 dealers in 36 states, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by the cleanest internal-combustion engine certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Tier-II, Bin-2 and ILEV certification as of August 2010), says the company.
Meanwhile, Honda has delivered 2013 Fit EV battery-electric vehicles to Google and Stanford University as a part of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. (Read: How Google Drives Honda Electric Vehicle)
“George is an ideal representative for the Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle and embodies many of Honda’s core attributes; he has a strong sense for environmental issues, is value driven, and is active in his community,” explained Steve Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.
“To help George with his daily commute to the Honda Center, he will be replacing his previous generation natural gas powered Honda Civic with the all-new 2012 model, featuring enhanced exterior and interior styling, improved fuel economy and a refueling price typically 30 percent less than gasoline.”
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Parros, 32, is in his sixth season with the Anaheim Ducks (seventh in the NHL), having played on the Stanley Cup-winning 2007 team. The popular right wing (#16) and Princeton grad joined the NHL in 2005, and is well recognized by hockey fans thanks to his 6-foot 5-inch, 228-pound frame and unique mustache.
This is the second natural gas powered Civic Parros has received from Honda, having begun his first stint in October 2010. Parros is also the second Anaheim Duck player to drive one of Honda’s alternative fuel vehicles. The first was former Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, who became an FCX Clarity fuel-cell electric vehicle customer in January 2010.
In the picture above: Steve Center (right), vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda, stands next to Anaheim Ducks NHL star George Parros and his new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas.