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Honda Looks to Dealers to Boost Natural Gas Station Network

Bloomberg -- Honda Motor Co. (7267), the only automaker selling compressed natural gas-powered cars to U.S. drivers, wants some of its dealers to also install pumps to sell the fuel as its seeks to double sales of CNG vehicles.

Boosting sales of Indiana-built Civic Natural Gas sedans requires more fuel stations, Steve Center, U.S. vice president for environmental business development, said in an interview. Honda is negotiating with regulators in California, the biggest U.S. market for CNG vehicles, seeking to have pumps placed at two or more Honda dealerships this year, he said yesterday.


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Submitted Mar 13, 2012 By: ziyulu
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joekayak
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:49:41 PM

If ned23's figures are correct the home station route seems to be very promising.
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Mark8601
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:40:17 PM

All Nissan dealerships have level 2 plug-in stations for EV. Makes sense to me. Mitsubishi is too.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 2:43:41 PM

Good idea.
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mladha
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:15:05 PM

Trying to do what ever they can to boost natural gas use on vehicles!
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:29:11 AM

Does the dealership get the profits from the sales (or, more likely, have to absorb the losses)?
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:20:02 AM

Having to go out of your way to get to the dealership to fuel up would probably waste more than it would save. I'm all for natural gas but the infrastructure really needs to be there first.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:19:34 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:16:15 AM

good
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:52:33 AM

North America has tons of natural gas, time for us to use more.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:45:43 AM

Made in America. Powered by America. Way to go, Honda!
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:18:31 AM

Take the lead Honda!
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des7902
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 9:16:02 AM

The only way to get this ball rolling is for someone to take the lead and get the infrastructue built, so that you can get the fuel where ever you travel. Right now your options for fueling CNG are verrry limited.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:29:40 AM

Honda is onto something here. It's connecting the dots to a new market and smart.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:27:58 AM

Great idea, & thanks Ziyulu on posting a gas related article this time.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:09:14 AM

There might be more room for dealer profit.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 8:00:13 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:56:32 AM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:01:12 AM

Foolish to expect a Dealer to tie up his money.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:56:24 AM

As typical, product sales is held back by lagging infrastructure.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:48:23 AM

Great idea. The only drawback to CNG right now is the inability to feel comfortable about fuel availability when taking a road trip. As long as one stays local it would help sales a lot.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:47:07 AM

makes sense.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:44:35 AM

Looks good, need a wider distribution network of CNG stations, but this is a great start.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:28:41 AM

I like this story. I would buy a CNG vehicle if fueling stations were in place
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:27:48 AM

Keep the government out of this.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:27:04 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:20:50 AM

You can buy a home fueling station that costs $3000-$4000. Filling at home can cost around $1 per gallon equivalent. For most households, the filling compressor would pay for itself in 3-4 years.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:16:24 AM

This will go a long way as a bridge to alternative energy.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:13:15 AM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:11:58 AM

That's a good start. Next would be Costco - they could also sell the vehicles and the fuel. Then ... gas stations, maybe?
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:08:51 AM

This would certainly give me cause to take a closer look at the Civic GX.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:08:12 AM

Sounds like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:02:22 AM

T. B. Pickens needs to start putting in his stations.
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 5:59:25 AM

you go Honda...........
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 5:59:19 AM

you go Honda...........
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 5:53:09 AM

Build them they will come.
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