The Golden State is very close to running out of stickers that allow plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers to take up precious HOV lane space all on their own, according to Green Car Reports. To add insult to injury, the funds for California's rebates for plug-in vehicle purchases ($2,500 for battery-electric vehicles, $1,500 for plug-in hybrids) may have also dried up.

We last looked at the the sticker status in mid-March, when about 36,200 green stickers were spoken for. There is a limit of 40,000 of these that will be handed out, but the state has put no limit on the white stickers doled out to battery-electric vehicles. The California Air Resources Board said on March 28 that 38,179 of the green stickers have been issued. That means that roughly 125 green stickers are being given out each day. Counting forward, it means that the 40,000 limit will be hit on or about April 11. The green stickers are valid through January 1, 2019.

As of now, California Center for Sustainable Energy, which operates the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, is putting folks on a waiting list for the purchase rebates, with funds not expected to be paid until at least late summer. Either way, the state will need about $30 million for rebate applications through June 30, the end of the state's fiscal year. The California Center for Sustainable Energy didn't respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen.


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      • 6 Hours Ago
      Well. the good thing is California upped their quota of Green HOV stickers from 40,000 to 55,000. But the main problem seems to be that we are never quite sure of the rate at which these stickers are issued, so it's a guessing game about when the last one will be issued! I finally figured out this problem ... I calculated the rate by looking at earlier versions of the California Air Resources Board website, and made a graph that projects the date when the current quota of 55,000 stickers will be gone. Per my projection that will happen is early October 2014. You can read about my analysis and see the graph on my blog here: http://www.greenthensolar.com/2014/07/the-question-on-everyones-mind-trying.html Hope this helps people buying hybrid-electric cars!
      Spec
      • 6 Hours Ago
      I'm pretty sure they are all gone now. There were less than 900 available a week ago . . . so they are probably all gone. The question is whether they will announce a new batch or not. Fix the comment system, AOL.
      itsme38269
      • 6 Hours Ago
      Still an unlimited number of the white stickers left. Get an EV instead of a gas guzzler.
        Spec
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @itsme38269
        Yeah, but we need some more long distance EVs. There is a massive gap between the 80 mile range EVs and the 200 mile range Model S 60KWH.
          • 6 Hours Ago
          @Spec
          my rav4ev has a range of 140 miles
      JB
      • 6 Hours Ago
      Good, run out. I'm tired of hearing EV / PHEV bashing based on stickers. Then they complain about tax credits, and then they complain about not paying gas tax, and then they complain about paid off government loans. Its all over the San Jose Mercury News Roadshow Column. I'm not sure if people riding solo in the carpool lane is good for transportation and traffic in the long run anyway.
        itsme38269
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @JB
        In fact, the carpool stickers did improve traffic when they were on hybrids, and got worse when they were kicked out of the lane. http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/10/10/hybrids-carpool-study/ Of course nobody thinks gas guzzlers should be allowed back into the lane - I say let the green stickers expire and keep giving out the white ones.
          JB
          • 6 Hours Ago
          @itsme38269
          That just means that there are not enough people carpooling because of how cheap it is to drive thanks to all the government subsidies to use oil.