DOE Usec. Peter Anthony A. Abaya and HCPI President Mr. Takashi Sekiguchi signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last February 2006, expressing HCPI's intent to bring in the Honda Civic Hybrid to the Phillippines to complement the DOE's and HCPI's information, education and communication (IEC) campaign on hybrid technology. Shortly following this momentous occasion, a Civic Hybrid vehicle was formally turned over to Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla and Director Mario Marasigan in a simple ceremony.
This timely project is HCPI's prompt and concrete response to the overnment's call to utilize alternative fuels aligned with the Philippine Energy Independence Plan. Bringing the Civic Hybrid to Manila complements ongoing DOE initiatives that primarily support the use of alternative fuels such as natural gas, ethanol and other biofuels. Through this initiative, HCPI aims to help the government formulate policies that will lead to better appreciation of hybrid technology in the Philippines.
Hybrid vehicles combine the internal combustion engine of conventional vehicles with the battery and electric motor of electric vehicles. This allows hybrids to achieve as much as twice the fuel economy of conventional cars and produce much less greenhouse emissions. In addition to reducing the dependence on oil and improving the environment, hybrids yield cost-savings over the life of the vehicle as they depreciate slower than conventional cars. And at the same time, hybrids do not require any special maintenance. Furthermore, hybrids use standard gasoline pumps for refueling unlike other alternative fuel vehicles.
The Civic Hybrid utilizes Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA™) technology, which uses a 1.3-liter i-VTEC® engine for primary power and an ultra-thin electric motor for added power. The battery pack is designed to
last 10 years under normal driving conditions. Based on 2006 EPA mileage estimates, the Civic Hybrid achieves up to 600 miles on a single tank of gas. It comes with an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle
(AT-PZEV) rating, which is the most stringent emissions standard achieved by a gasoline-powered vehicle in the U.S. To achieve AT-PZEV status, a vehicle must be a Super-Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (SULEV) with zero-evaporative emissions and carry a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty on emissions equipment.