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A story by Lawrence Ulrich on MSNBC over the weekend made a claim I think we need to explore a bit here on AutoblogGreen. Ulrich writes about driving a very clean six-cylinder gasoline engine 2008 Honda Accord, then says the car is only available in certain states:

While the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes have been open to hybrids carrying just one person in places like California for a while, the EPA will announce nationwide guidelines for hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles in HOV lanes later today, according to the Denver Post. The Post has seen the list, and says that "hybrid models of the Honda Civic, Insight and Accord; the Toyota Prius, Highlander and Camry; the Ford Escape; the Lexus RX 400 and Tribute; the Mercury Mariner; and some natural-ga