The World is Always Greener with Honda

April 4th, 2013 by

2013 Civic Hybrid Sedan Econ ButtonYou’re probably well aware that you can get some of the world’s most fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly automobiles at Middletown Honda, right? But did you know that Honda is truly going above and beyond what many automakers do to become one of the greenest car manufacturers in the world?

A Zero Emissions House

Honda recently designed a zero-emission house in Japan, and they are currently working on one for the University of California Davis campus. What is a zero-emission house, you ask? Well, it’s just what it sounds like.

The house is designed to have no negative carbon effects on the environment, and as an added bonus, it is set up to charge a fully-electric vehicle such as a Honda Fit EV with a charging station that doesn’t lose energy from converting from AC to DC voltage.

The aptly-named Smart House is able to do all of this through a range of different green energy techniques, including:

  • Solar panels- A photovoltaic cell provides much of the energy for the home as well as charging of an electric vehicle. On average, the house is expected to generate more energy on its own than it uses from the power grid.
  • Honda Energy Management System- Much of the energy we waste is because it is poorly managed, and Honda has developed a smart grid technology designed to communicate with the power company and maximize energy conservation.
  • Cost-effective and energy efficient home improvements- Things such as LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and more are all easy ways to improve the green-ness of a home, and Honda aims to implement as many as possible.

These are just a few of the aspects that will make the house environmentally-friendly, just like the Smart House is just one of the ways that Honda is pushing the envelope with green technology. Whether it’s their Fit EV, FCX Clarity, or range of hybrid vehicles, it’s pretty clear that Honda is just as concerned about the environment and the future as they are with creating some of the best vehicles on the roads today.

To get a look at a sporty hybrid CR-Z, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid, or the multiple alternative fuel Civic options available, drop by our dealership today. We’ve got quite a bit for the environmentally-conscious driver at Middletown Honda!