June 24, 2008 Honda has taken steps to minimizing the environmental impact of its cars before they hit the road with the introduction of its fleet of Auto-Max® railcars.
The new 400-car fleet boosts Honda's claim as the highest rail-shipping rate of any automaker in the US, with the company currently transporting around 82 percent of its Honda and AcuraAcura automobiles by rail.
Manufactured by Greenbrier, the pace-efficient Auto-Max railcars hold up to 22 vehicles each and and can hold both trucks and cars to reduce unused space, meaning less fuel usage and less CO2 emissionsGreen-Business-Travel per vehicle shipped. The railcars also have a significantly longer life-span (50 years) than standard railcars according to Honda.
“Honda is adopting a holistic approach to minimizing its greenhouse gas emissions, addressing not only the production and on-road use of our products, but also new, more fuel-efficient strategies for how we transport our products to dealers,” said Dennis Manns, assistant vice president, Sales & Logistics Planning for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Rail is the most environmentally responsible method available to move our products, and our Auto-Max railcar fleet can make a good system even more fuel efficient.”