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Californians aren't exactly standing in line for those green stickers that let plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers get solo-driving access to the state's diamond lanes. So, what else is new?

Just over 9,000 of the 40,000 green stickers that California will hand out before January 1, 2015, have landed in the hands of drivers of the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in and other plug-in hybrids, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Nonetheless, the California Air Resources Board's John Swanton tells the Merc that he expects the green stickers to sell out over the next two years.

The distribution rate of the green stickers is lower than that of the yellow hybrid-HOV lane stickers were given out under a program that was discontinued in 2011. Under that program, 85,000 stickers were doled out to owners of the Toyota Prius and other hybrid models. Additionally, the state has given out almost 22,000 white stickers that allow all-electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to drive with one occupant in the HOV lane. Oddly enough, California's Center for Sustainable Energy said last month that PHEVs had been outselling battery-electric vehicles by about a two-to-one ratio since the Toyota Prius Plug-in started sales early last year.

California accounts for about 10 percent of the country's population and roughly 40 percent of domestic plug-in vehicle sales.


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      CaptTesla
      • 7 Months Ago
      The problem is, it ruins the looks of the true EV's when you have to put 3 stickers on your car. This doesn't apply to hybrids such as the volt. Why not an EV plate for true EV's? This would save people from putting the ugly stickers on their car.
      Scott R
      • 7 Months Ago
      It took 8 weeks to get my license plates, then another 4 weeks to get my HOV stickers. Purchased my Volt on June 30th. So, I think the data may not have caught up to end-of-year sales just yet...
        Actionable Mango
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scott R
        Holy crap that's bad. At this point I assume a CA government worker couldn't outrun an advancing glacier if his job was to outrun glaciers.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scott R
        8 weeks? what the hell, California. Let me describe to you my experience with the DMV when transferring a car from out of state in Utah. I walk in, take a number, then wait about 2 minutes in order to be called. I sign the back of the title, hand it over to the clerk lady. That's literally the only thing i have to sign. She takes the title, and asks me my address and types the info in. I swipe my card to pay for the registration, and she hands me plates and stickers. The title comes in the mail 1 week later. I hate the California DMV even more than i did when i lived there, knowing how simple the process is here
      Luc K
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let's also point out that these stickers are only valid until Jan. 2015. So it's max a 2 year deal if you'd buy it today.