Honda has fully deployed its 400-car fleet of Auto-Max railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the U.S.
Honda has fully deployed its 400-car fleet of Auto-Max railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the U.S.. Click image to enlarge

Torrance, California – Honda has fully deployed its 400-car fleet of Auto-Max railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the U.S. The fleet of space-efficient Auto-Max railcars is the only such automaker-operated fleet in use in the United States.

Including the Auto-Max shipments, American Honda currently transports about 82 per cent of its automobiles across the country by rail, achieving the highest rail-shipping rate of any automaker. Each multi-level railcar holds up to 22 vehicles and can hold both trucks and cars to reduce unused space. An average bi-level railcar can transport only 10 trucks, generally of a single vehicle type; the result is less fuel usage per vehicle shipped. The Auto-Max railcars also have an estimated 50-year lifespan, versus standard railcars which typically require a major overhaul after 20 years of service.

Honda has fully deployed its 400-car fleet of Auto-Max railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the U.S.
Honda has fully deployed its 400-car fleet of Auto-Max railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the U.S.. Click image to enlarge

“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. “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.”

Honda invested approximately US$7 million this year to redesign the rail infrastructure at its automobile plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio. The redesign added rail capacity, upgraded tracks, reduced railcar switching in the yard, and allowed inbound and outbound trains to operate at a faster pace. The infrastructure improvements contribute to an annual savings of 2,436 gallons (9,221 litres) of fuel and 54,432 pounds of CO2 per year.

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