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9Chevrolet Volt will not be eligible for HOV-lane access until mid-2012

Prospective owners of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf shouldn't get too excited about driving in California carpool lanes as soon as they take delivery. Late Tuesday night California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 535 into law, extending access to the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes to certain very low and zero emissions vehicles. This new class of vehicles known as Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (enh-ATPZEVs) and includes plug-in hybrid and battery elec

AddChevrolet Volt will not be eligible for HOV-lane access until mid-2012 *UPDATE

Prospective owners of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf shouldn't get too excited about driving in California carpool lanes as soon as they take delivery. Late Tuesday night California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 535 into law, extending access to the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes to certain very low and zero emissions vehicles. This new class of vehicles known as Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (enh-ATPZEVs) and includes plug-in hybrids like and batter

AddCalifornia extends unrestricted use of carpool lanes by EVs until 2015, removes hybrids

California has nearly 1,300 miles of carpool lanes that are typically reserved for drivers willing to tote a bunch of friends along for the ride. Recently, the state opened carpool lanes to drivers of super-ultra-low-emissions vehicles (SULEV), ultra-low-emissions vehicles (ULEV) and inherently low-emissions vehicles (such as EVs). The access to carpool lanes for these "clean" vehicles was set to expire in 2011, but with a swipe of his hand, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off o

AddDebate rages over whether to extend HOV-lane exemptions for hybrids in CA

Besides the potential feeling of environmental superiority, one of the great benefits to having a hybrid in California has been the availability of a magic little sticker set for a vehicle's rear bumper and fender. The "Access OK" tags have allowed its possessors to cruise in the carpool lanes even while driving solo. The special lanes – alternatively known as HOV lanes (High Occupancy Vehicle) or diamond lanes – have proven to be a great time saver on California's clogged freeway sy

40Debate rages over whether to extend HOV-lane exemptions for hybrids in CA

Besides the potential feeling of environmental superiority, one of the great benefits to having a hybrid in California has been the availability of a magic little sticker set for a vehicle's rear bumper and fender. The "Access OK" tags have allowed its possessors to cruise in the carpool lanes even while driving solo. The special lanes – alternatively known as HOV lanes (High Occupancy Vehicle) or diamond lanes – have proven to be a great time saver on California's clogged freeway sy

AddInquiring minds at Toyota want to know: how are gas prices affecting you?

How are gas prices affecting you personally? If you drive an SUV every day, your fuel bill is surely putting a crimp in your pocketbook. Even if you drive a vehicle which gets high fuel mileage, we imagine that you're still quite cognizant of your driving habits. Do you carpool to work or when dropping your kids off at school? Do you walk or ride your bike to places that you used to drive to? These questions are important, both to your fellow readers and to car manufacturers. To prove that point

AddThieves stealing carpool stickers in California

We told you a couple of months ago about the State of California having handed out all of the carpool lane stickers that they had allocated for hybrid vehicles. A few weeks later it was reported that used hybrids that came with a carpool lane sticker were fetching price premiums of up to $4,000 just for the ability to use the HOV lanes.

AddCalifornia lawmakers want to impose shame on HOV lane violators; sounds like field day for pranksters

So you see someone driving solo in the carpool lane who's not allowed (certain hybrids with stickers and low-emission vehicles like the Honda Civic GX are okay). Not only is the offending driver cheating, but the jerk is probably disrupting traffic in multiple lanes and causing panic among other motorists. If pending legislation in California passes, you can do more than simply curse at the sleazebag within the confines of your vehicle. The bill would create a hotline for motorists to report sol

AddHybrid drivers can still use car pool lanes in Arizona, Bi-fuels are SOL

A couple of weeks ago the state of California announced that they had run out of the special stickers needed by drivers of hybrid cars to use car-pool lanes when driving alone. Hybrid drivers are not completely out of luck though. Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano announced that some hybrid cars will now be allowed to use car pool lanes in her state. The pilot program will allow hybrids that get a forty-five percent increase in fuel efficiency ratings to use the high occupancy vehicle lanes even

AddHonda Civic GX gets to stay in the carpool lane

Click on the image for a high-res gallery of photos of the Civic GX

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