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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.

8California is about to run out of green PHEV HOV lane stickers

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.

13Green HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids almost gone in California

There's a bit of a traffic jam building for those High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) stickers designed to help plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers in California avoid, uh, traffic jams. The stickers in question are of the green variety and they're doled out by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to let such drivers cruise down the HOV lanes solo. And they're running out. Fast.

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

78New BMW i3 details show gas-powered EV aiming right for CARB HOV loophole

The BMW i3 has been one of the most-teased plug-in vehicle concepts in recent memory. Since BMW first unveiled the car (along with the i8) back in mid-2011, we've had the promotional "Born Electric" tour, auto show appearances and, just the other day, a production version teaser image. And let's not forget the MegaCity project before that. We understand if you're sick of all the previews and just want to see the darn thing already. To which BMW says, hold on. The official reveal is happening at

15Honda leads pack with four HOV qualifying vehicles in California

Honda is tooting its fuel-efficient horn, boasting that it has more vehicles than any other manufacturer – four – that qualify for access to California's coveted HOV lanes.

22California HOV access could be extended 10 years for green cars

A few years ago it was not uncommon to hear a Toyota Prius buyer say, "I got it for the sticker." The yellow sticker they were referring to allowed the driver to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lane even when alone in the car which, as every other LA driver knows, led to the frequent sight of a Prius with a sole occupant zooming by at 94 miles per hour along the center barrier.

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.

Add2013 Ford C-Max Energi Approved For California HOV Carpool Lanes

In addition to achieving an EPA-rated 21 miles of electric range, Ford now has another thing to celebrate about its new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. California customers of the new compact MPV will get full rights to use carpool lanes with or without an additional passenger.

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).

36GM starts deliveries of 2012 HOV-lane-eligible Chevy Volts in California

An update at least a year-and-a-half in the making, General Motors has just started delivering 2012 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in models that are eligible for California customers to drive alone in that state's high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes, as the automaker looks to spur sales from the most populous U.S. state.

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