Robertson Honda fills good

first_imgPALMDALE – Sometime last fall, Bill Irwin evaluated his high fuel costs and considered his own impact on the environment. He didn’t like what he saw. Irwin, an Emmy-award winning television news director who commutes to the Los Angeles-area daily from Acton, said he spent $560 a month fueling his Ford F-150 pickup truck, and considered the implications of his carbon footprint even more troublesome. He said those conclusions compelled him to purchase a more environment-friendly vehicle. On Wednesday, Irwin returned to a local Honda dealership where about seven months ago he bought a natural gas-powered vehicle for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a natural gas filling station. Irwin was among about two dozen NGV owners who attended the event at Robertson’s Palmdale Honda from as far as Sacramento and Orange County. “I just thought to myself how dirty I was, how I was a polluter,” Irwin said. Irwin already has driven more than 17,000 miles on his Honda GX NGV – the only production line natural gas car sold in America. New NGV purchasers are eligible for up to $10,000 in grants from federal, state and local agencies promoting air quality, and can drive in car-pool lanes throughout the state for the life of the vehicle. The dealership was selling the Gasoline Gallon Equivalent of natural gas for $2.29 Wednesday. Customers who install home-fueling stations can pay about a dollar per GGE, a Robertson’s Honda spokesman said. Roberton’s Honda general manager Ron Emard said the station cost well over $100,000 to install, but is eligible for grants of up to $90,000 from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District. The Honda filling station is the 79th such public facility in Southern California, and the first installed by a dealership in the nation, a Honda spokeswoman said. It is the fourth natural gas station in the Antelope Valley – two are in Lancaster, and the other in California City. Emard said he doubts the filling station will ever yield a profit. “If we’re going to continue to drive cars, we have to step back and say, OK, how are we going to make it work,” Emard said. “The future is every one of us doing something. This is about being good neighbors and helping the environment.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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