chevy volt hov lane

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?

Just over 9,000 of the 40,000 green stickers that California will hand out before January 1, 2015, have landed in the hands of drivers of the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in and other plug-in hybrids, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Nonetheless, the California Air Resources Board's John Swanton tells the Merc that he expects the green stickers to sell out over the next two years.

The distribution rate of the green stickers is lower than that of the yellow hybrid-HOV lane stickers were given out under a program that was discontinued in 2011. Under that program, 85,000 stickers were doled out to owners of the Toyota Prius and other hybrid models. Additionally, the state has given out almost 22,000 white stickers that allow all-electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to drive with one occupant in the HOV lane. Oddly enough, California's Center for Sustainable Energy said last month that PHEVs had been outselling battery-electric vehicles by about a two-to-one ratio since the Toyota Prius Plug-in started sales early last year.

California accounts for about 10 percent of the country's population and roughly 40 percent of domestic plug-in vehicle sales.