California removes limit on carpool access for plug-in hybrids

California removes limit on carpool access for plug-in hybrids

Of California's many incentives for green cars, one of the most popular is solo access to the state's carpool lanes for drivers of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and certain other vehicles. But while California will distribute an unlimited number of "white stickers" for electric cars—as well... read more

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2015 Chevrolet Volt

Carpool-Lane Access: Very Important For Electric-Car Adoption, It Turns Out

Depending on where they live, electric-car owners can enjoy a variety of perks associated with the vehicle they drive. That's especially true in California, which grants... read more November 23, 2015 by

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

CA Green Stickers All But Gone; Q1's Plug-In Hybrid Sales Suffered This Year: UPDATE

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the green stickers that give plug-in hybrid drivers access to California's freeway carpool lanes with just one person... read more May 29, 2015 by

Autobahn, Kamener Kreuz, Rush Hour (photo by Dirk Vorderstraße)

German State To Test City 'Eco Lane' For Cleanest Cars, Carpools

Carpool lanes have been an accepted part of the landscape in California for more than 40 years now. But they're less well-known in Europe, where bus lanes have taken priority... read more May 19, 2015 by

2016 Chevrolet Volt on display at Disney World Test Track exhibit  [photo tweeted by 'Schmoofy']

2016 Chevy Volt To Get California Carpool Lane Access

Access to the carpool lane in California with only a single occupant has proven to be one of the more effective incentives to get the state's drivers to buy electric cars... read more May 8, 2015 by

Kim Price, first buyer of 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, and sales associate Steven Hall

First 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Sold Last Month

Last month, 41 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hatchbacks were delivered to their owners, marking the first month of sales for the first battery-electric vehicle from... read more August 20, 2014 by

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)

UberPool, Lyft Line Carpool Apps: More People, Same Number Of Cars?

What if you could reduce the number of vehicles on the road by using each one more efficiently? By allowing travelers to rent individual rides, ridesharing services like Uber... read more August 11, 2014 by

Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

California Puts Its Electric-Car Owner Survey Info Online

Plug-in electric cars are driving silently off showroom floors in growing numbers--but who is buying them, and why? Data on electric-car owners can provide valuable insight... read more June 24, 2014 by


Highway Spending Bill To Bar Hybrids From Carpool-Lane Incentives?

Incentives to get drivers to buy highly fuel-efficient cars have taken many forms, one of the most popular being single-occupant access to carpool lanes on crowded freeways... read more May 20, 2014 by

2014 Nissan Leaf

Does Nissan Leaf Supplant The Prius As Loathing Target For CA Drivers?

If you've never lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not have heard of "Mr. Roadshow," the nickname of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Richards. Nor will you know... read more April 11, 2014 by

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

CA Electric-Car Incentive Update: Funds Run Out, Green Stickers Gone

Access to carpool lanes on California's legendarily crowded freeways is a big perk. So is getting a check in the mail that cuts the purchase cost. These incentives were... read more April 4, 2014 by

California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Driver Survey Results - CA Ctr for Sustainable Energy, Mar 2013

Who Buys Plug-In Electric Cars, And Why? CA Report Explains It All For You

Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads--and we're learning more about who buys them, and why. California's Center for... read more February 28, 2014 by

Green HOV-Lane Sticker

CA Carpool-Lane Stickers For Plug-In Hybrids Run Out By May--Or Sooner

One of the major incentives for buying a plug-in electric car in California is the coveted sticker allowing single-occupant travel in the carpool lanes on the state's crowded... read more February 27, 2014 by

2014 BMW i3 hits the race track

2014 BMW i3 Gets CA Carpool-Lane Access: Battery Only, So Far

As expected, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been awarded its "white sticker," the coveted permission to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes with only one occupant on... read more February 24, 2014 by

Green HOV-Lane Sticker

California Extends Electric-Car HOV Lane Access To 2019

Have you ever been alone in your car, wallowing in traffic, looked across to the empty carpool lane, and thought about making a break for it? California plug-in car drivers... read more September 5, 2013 by


North Carolina To Make Trip-Reduction 'Green' Laws Illegal

Oh, North Carolina: Are you cutting off your nose to spite your face? That's the impression at least some commentators have gained on learning of a state bill that will... read more August 16, 2013 by


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