Chelsea 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
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 53
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
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. B
We're coming to the end of the time when it makes sense (?) to ride around with a mannequin dressed as Gandalf. Yes, carpool lane access for some hybrid drivers in California will end this year. The deadline gives us a chance to look back and consider what the so-called "Prius perks" got us.
If you're shopping for a used Prius, expect to pay $4,000 more for one with the carpool sticker. That's what Chris Woodyard of USA Today found out when he asked Kelley Blue Book to sample prices. Carpool stickers allow the vehicle to cruise the HOV lanes in California even if there is only one person in the vehicle. The state gave out only 85,000 stickers, and the stickers stay with the vehicle, not the vehicle owner should he purchase a new Prius or another qualified vehicle. KBB's sample showe