Classic Motors has launched the Caribbean’s first ever Honda City Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) version, which Ansa Automotive managing director Jerome Borde has said is $35,000 cheaper than the comparable petrol variante.
The dual-fuel City CNG includes a 65-litre CNG tank capacity and a 40-litre petrol capacity. It goes for $150,000 and is said to have one of the cleanest internal combustion engines.
“The Honda CNG will make it even more convenient and enjoyable to tap into the desirable and abundant supply of natural gas that lies beneath Trinidad,” said Jim Burrell, assistant vice-president of American Honda Motor Company.
He was speaking on Tuesday evening at the launch of the City CNG as well as the Honda HR-V on the local market at Classic Motors Showroom, Richmond Street, Port of Spain.
“According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Honda Civic natural gas that we sell in the US is the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by this US agency.
“City CNG, which we are introducing in Trinidad and Tobago, is based on the same advanced technology,” Burrell said.
He said American Honda sells the City throughout the Caribbean, but only this country has the CNG version.
According to Ansa Automotive chairman David Sabga, City CNG users will save 85 per cent in fuel costs.
“We have estimated that it will cost $110 to fill the tank with gas that will give you 450 kilometres depending on highway and city driving, compared to the $14 to fill the tank with CNG. It really is a no brainer,” he said.
Also speaking at the event was Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine who noted that five CNG stations are being upgraded and constructed which will bring to 18 the number of such stations in the country.
“We recognise that to incentivise people to buy CNG vehicles they have to know where they are going to fill these vehicles,” he said.
He said the two most recently upgraded CNG stations are located at Unipet in Chaguanas as well as Unipet in Tacarigua.
“In a few days from now, we will commission the new NP station at Trincity, which is located inside the Massy Stores compound, that will also have CNG. Later this year, around the third quarter, the St Christopher’s station on Wrightson Road will be completed and that too will have CNG.
“Then there is upgrade work taking place on the Starlite station in Diego Martin and another is being built by Joe Pires in San Juan on the Highway. The fifth station is being built on the corner of the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway and Tumpuna Road in Arima.”