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53Surprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems

Anyone who gets steamed at a Toyota Prius driver trying to hypermile in front of them now has another reason to dislike hybrid-vehicle drivers. They're not earning their right to drive solo in high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes for free, according to a report from Cornell University's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. In fact, they're costing the US economy millions of dollars per year.

53Prius out, ELR in with changing HOV landscape

Arizona Kicks Out Hybrids, But PHEVs, Pure EVs Still Qualify

Out with the sort-of-old, in with the new-ish. The Arizona Department of Transportation has updated its list of vehicles that can legally drive in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane no matter how many people are in the car. The changes show us how the green car landscape is changing.

22Senate committee votes to ban solo driver hybrids from HOV lanes

Are hybrids officially swimming in the US mainstream? A recent federal government amendment appears to imply as much, since it says that hybrid drivers won't be able to count on getting solo access to high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes. And the Prius Nation sighs.

6BMW i3 qualifies for both green and white HOV stickers in California

BMW buyers tend to have enough cash on hand to be buffered from the concept of "sticker shock," but the term may take on a different meaning when it comes to the German automaker's i3 plug-in vehicle and its classification by California clean-air regulators.

1California will extend plug-in vehicle solo-driver access to HOV lanes

California's plug-in drivers will have another three years to go it alone in the state's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The state is voting to extend its green and white sticker program, which allows plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle drivers to drive alone in HOV lanes, to 2019 from 2016, Los Angeles' KABC News says. California, home to about 40 percent of the country's plug-in vehicle sales, continues to push plug-ins as a way to cut both greenhouse-gas emissions and foreign-oil dependen

5California still has plenty plug-in HOV lane stickers available

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?

354Update: Corporations are not people in carpool lanes

Jonathon Friedman had his day in a San Francisco court, then Jurist Frank Drago had his say, declaring Friedman guilty. The case centered on a sheaf of corporation papers that Friedman used to make a statement about corporate 'personhood.' Driving in a carpool lane in the Bay Area, Friedman was pulled over for not having at least two people in the car. His response was to show the officer his business papers and, citing US Supreme Court decisions that have affirmed that corporations are people,

143California man using "corporations are people" argument to challenge HOV lane ticket

A driver in San Rafael, California is attempting to appeal a traffic citation for driving alone in a High Occupancy Vehicle lane. Jonathan Frieman and his attorney, Ford Greene, argue that since Frieman had corporate incorporation papers in his car when he was stopped by an officer, he was actually carpooling at the time. Technically, the state of California's definition of personhood includes both "natural persons and corporations." But Frieman's out to do more than just skirt a $478 traffic ti

17Ford C-Max Energi PHEV can ride solo in California carpool lane

Interested in the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid? Ford would like you to do some math.

34California has HOV lane stickers for plug-in vehicles, but not many takers

Those new green stickers in the Golden State haven't exactly been golden.

28Ford Focus Electric qualifies for California HOV lane access, extra $2,500 off

Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt and the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the 105-MPGe 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been granted HOV lane access in California by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB not only gave the upcoming all-electric vehicle the ability to let people drive alone in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane but also qualified it for an incentive that affords buyers an extra $2,500 off through the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

33Ford Focus Electric qualifies for California HOV lane access, extra $2,500 off

Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt and the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the 105-MPGe 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been granted HOV lane access in California by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB not only gave the upcoming all-electric vehicle the ability to let people drive alone in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane but also qualified it for an incentive that affords buyers an extra $2,500 off through the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

17Chevy Volt ready for California HOV access, extra $1,500 in rebates *UPDATED

The Chevy Volt may be able to travel about 40 miles without emitting a gram of CO2, but the car isn't clean enough to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access in California. Make that wasn't clean enough.

20New enhAT-PZEV Chevy Volt ready for California HOV access, extra $1,500 in rebates *UPDATED

The Chevy Volt may be able to travel about 40 miles without emitting a gram of CO2, but the car isn't clean enough to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access in California. Make that wasn't clean enough.

12Hybrids rejoin California gridlock as HOV stickers expire today

The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

47Hybrids rejoin California gridlock as HOV stickers expire today

The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

16Chelsea Sexton: SB 535, HOV access for plug-in and the unintended consequences of easy political wins

One of the persistent challenges of deploying plug-in vehicles has always been metrics: how to evaluate, regulate, incentivize and talk about them to the general public. It's complicated enough transitioning consumers from thinking about miles per gallon to miles per kilowatt hour, particularly for vehicles that refuel via both plug and pump. And within this new language, regulating automakers requires a different dialect than marketing or consumer education, to say nothing of different agency p

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

14Chevrolet 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

10Maryland approves HOV access, $2,000 tax break for plug-ins

Drivers in Maryland now have two new reasons to opt for a plug-in electric vehicle the next time go new car shopping. Governor Martin O'Malley (above) has reportedly signed bills this week that provide for car pool lane access for plug-in vehicles and a new $2,000 tax break. The High Occupancy Vehicle lane access is valid for three years starting this October for "qualified" vehicles equipped with a special permit. Buyers will also receive an instant $2,000 break on excise taxes at the time of

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