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.
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.
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.
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