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Honda Transmission Mfg. of America is First Automotive Transmission Plant in U.S. to Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Plant derives more than 10 percent of its power from on-site wind turbines Ohio facility first to meet new EPA standards

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. (HTM) is no stranger to environmental firsts.

In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the United States to derive a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property. Now, just five years later, HTM is the first U.S. automotive transmission plant to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification.

Along with the energy benefit of getting more than 10 percent of its power from the two 1.7MW turbines on its property, HTM increased its energy efficiency by implementing a robust utility scheduling and monitoring program. This program allows for detailed tracking of energy use and enhanced scheduling of lighting, HVAC units, compressed air valves, and chillers.  Through the commitment of its associates, HTM has been also able to reduce energy through strong non-production energy reduction procedures.

“At Honda Transmission Mfg, environmental stewardship is one of our core characteristics,” said HTM vice-president Scott Henderson. “Our management team, led by Ryan Eberhart, and our associates make energy efficiency a major focus of their daily activities. We take pride in all of our environmental programs, but being the first transmission facility in the U.S. to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification is a great achievement for our associates.”

The 1.1-million square-foot Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. plant produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year as well as gear sets and transfer cases and differentials for four-wheel drive vehicles.

The EPA established new ENERGY STAR guidelines for facilities such as Honda’s transmission plant for 2019, and HTM quickly earned the certification through the EPA’s early-registration period. The ENERGY STAR award signifies that the plant performs in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance. ENERGY STAR is the only energy-efficiency certification in the U.S. based on verified energy performance.

EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities: energystar.gov/plants

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93-percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Toyota Recalls 694,000 Sienna Minivans

Toyota announced that is recalling 694,000 Toyota Sienna minivans because a problem with shift lock could cause the minivan to shift out of “Park” and possibly roll away.

The Toyota Sienna model years that are affected by the recall include 2007 to 2009 and 2004 to 2005.

According to this article, “Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the United States and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.”

Honda Builds Earth Dreams Engine in Ohio

Honda is investing more than $100 million in the Dayton, Ohio Honda plant so that it can move development of the Earth Dreams Technology engine from Japan to America.

Not only does Honda’s engine technology result in 10% more fuel efficiency, it also means more jobs in Ohio.

Check out this short news clip to find out how Honda’s technology is changing the auto industry and how Honda is giving the economy a boost.

Honda CR-Z is “Fun, Affordable”

The New York Daily News wrote this glowing review of the of the 2013 Honda CR-Z. Starting at less than $20,000, the Hybrid CR-Z is the most affordable hybrid on the market.

It is also the most fun to drive.

“With 2013′s CR-Z, Honda has decided to loosen up and make what is arguably the  most fun hybrid most people can afford to actually buy or lease. Why does the  CR-Z hold forth the promise of being a hybrid that appeals to driving  enthusiasts? For starters, it is the only hybrid on sale in America sporting a  six speed manual transmission.”

That’s right, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is available with a six speed manual transmission that really gives it a lot of kick. The Honda CR-Z is also available with the more hybrid standard CVT (continuously variable transmission) for those who want even better gas mileage…by sacrificing that fun factor.

“For 2013, the electrical motor’s output is now up 5kW, to 15 kW, due to a higher  powered lithium-ion battery pack. The CR-Z posts a combined output of 130 BHP at  6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque with the manual transmission. The CVT equipped  models can only muster 127 lb-ft. by comparison.”

It is also one of the greenest hybrids on the market.

“When people want a hybrid, they often think of the Toyota Prius first,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “But just because it is one of the most well-known hybrids, doesn’t mean it’s the best.”

Did we mention that the Honda CR-Z gets 36/39 city/highway gas mileage?

“And with that great gas mileage you get performance!” McLaughlin said. “People think you have to sacrifice performance when you get a hybrid. With the 2013 Honda CR-Z, you do not.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Sims Honda in Burlington to take the new 2013 Honda CR-Z for a test drive to find out why it is the best, most affordable hybrid on the marketing.