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American Honda Motor Co. has taken their green reputation to a new level, becoming the first automaker to offer home solar systems to consumers who buy new vehicles with the hopes of making solar power more affordable.

Through this partnership with SolarCity, Honda and Acura dealerships, along with customers,  will be able to put in solar systems at little to no initial cost. Whether the installation will cost anything for customers or not depends on the plan that they choose. They will have the option to pre-pay or pay monthly for solar electricity, both of which will be cheaper than the price of their current power bills. This will even include a monitoring service, repairs and insurance.

According to Honda, the idea to assist consumers with the cost of installing solar systems came with the hope that the automaker can help electric and plug-in car owners who save on gas but have higher energy bills. The overall cost of solar equipment and its installation can typically run tens of thousands of dollars for homeowners. However, switching from a utility provider to solar power can save up to 80% on monthly utility bills. Visit Tucson Honda for more details.

While Honda is recognized for taking the lead in producing vehicles that both emit low emissions and are fuel efficient, SolarCity is the top full-service provider of solar power in the United States. The two companies have put together a $65 million fund to eliminate the high initial cost of installing solar power. Their goal is to address climate change by cutting carbon emissions from transport, home and business energy use. This will help Honda and Acura customers with the upfront cost of installing solar systems.

What this means for consumers is that if you bought a Honda recently, or are somewhere in the company’s database, and you live in one of SolarCity’s 14 states, then you’re eligible for a $400 discount to reduce your monthly electric bill from the solar on your roof.  These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. Customers in Arizona can visit a Honda dealer in Arizona for more information.

If you sign up for this, SolarCity will first look you up on Google Earth, check your home’s orientation and tree cover. If the roof looks good, you’ll get a more thorough inspection from a company rep. Since SolarCity leases its panels, there is no upfront installation cost on what is usually a five- or six-kilowatt household system.

Honda and SolarCity will also explore the integration of solar power and electric car charging. They envision a future where electric and plug-in car owners can charge their vehicles with solar power and reduce their household emissions.

To inquire about Honda’s partnership with SolarCity, visit Chapman Honda.

 

The editors at Consumer Reports lauded the Accord, CR-V and Odyssey based on overall road test scores, better predicted reliability rating, and adequate performance in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry.

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Visit your Tucson Honda dealer to check out the redesigned Accord, which earned the top Midsized Sedan honors. The 2013 Accord is the first Accord to feature Eco Assist™, Honda’s revolutionary, fuel-efficiency technology. Eco Assist™ has two components that work together to bring the Accord to 30mpg in the city and 40mpg on the highway. And safety features such as side curtain airbags with rollover sensor module and a rearview camera add peace of mind while on the road.

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The Honda CR-V was recognized as the top Small SUV for its outstanding reliability, roomy rear seat and competitive price. Fuel efficiency also earned high marks, with the CR-V reaching 23mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Consumer Reports liked the “smooth, responsive powertrain” in the CR-V, which includes a powerful  185-hp, 2.4 Liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. The ABS brake system, which features Electronic Brake Distribution and allows the driver to retain steering control when braking hard, was recognized for its excellence.

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Rounding out the trio of excellence is the Honda Odyssey, which the top Minivan category with improved reliability, a comfortable ride and roomy interior. The 3rd-row, One-Motion 60/40 Split Magic Seat was lauded for its easy access and versatility while safety features such as the standard backup camera impressed road testers. Fuel efficiency was noted as the Odyssey’s 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine delivered an impressive 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Tucson customers in the market for a Consumer Reports “Top Pick” can visit Chapman Honda to view the Accord, CR-V and Odyssey models.