'Clean Air Award' Presented to Honda for Accord SULEV

12/27/2000 6:23:00 AM

Honda has received a coveted "Clean Air Award" in the category of Advancement of Air Pollution Technology from California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for its Accord SULEV model.

The Clean Air Award is presented to individuals, organizations, communities and businesses that make a significant contribution to cleaner air. Honda is the only automaker ever to be honored with a Clean Air Award and it has achieved this recognition in four of the last five years.

The SCAQMD chose the Accord SULEV as the recipient of this prestigious award because of Honda's contributing leadership in low emission vehicle technologies and long-standing commitment to the environment. As one of the cleanest gasoline-powered vehicles ever offered in California, the 2000 Honda Accord earned its SULEV designation from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) in November 1999 and was the first gasoline-powered SULEV sold in California.

"The 2000 Accord SULEV represents Honda's ongoing efforts to reduce emissions from gasoline-fueled internal combustion engines," said Robert Bienenfeld, senior manager of Automobile Product Planning for American Honda. "Honda is committed to bringing advances in low emissions technology to the market as soon as technically possible."

Building on Honda's advanced Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) technology, the 2000 Accord SULEV complies with a voluntary tailpipe standard for motor vehicle manufacturers that is approximately 80 percent cleaner than the ULEV standard, formerly the most stringent standard for internal combustion engines.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is the air pollution control agency for a four-county region, including Los Angeles and Orange counties and parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. SCAQMD, by law, is required to achieve and maintain healthful air quality for its residents. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, compliance assistance, enforcement, monitoring, technology enhancement and public education.

Robert Bienenfeld (left) and William A. Burke, Ed.D, Chairman of the SCAQMD Governing Board, stand with the awarding-winning Honda Accord SULEV.