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    Study: Surprise, letting solo drivers in HOV lanes causes problems
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    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. ...

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    Official: Prius out, ELR in with changing HOV landscape
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    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. Only ...

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    Report: Senate committee votes to ban solo driver hybrids from HOV lanes
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    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. A recently approved six-year ...

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    Official: California is about to run out of green PHEV HOV lane stickers
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    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 ...

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    Report: Green HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids almost gone in California
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    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 ...

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    Report: BMW i3 with range extender could arrive after HOV stickers run out in CA
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    We will weep for the BMW i3 REx owner with ticket #40,001 for California's green HOV stickers. While the standard-issue battery-electric i3 has been deemed eligible for the state's white stickers, which allow for owners to drive in HOV lanes solo, the proverbial jury of the California Air ...

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    BMW i3 qualifies for both green and white HOV stickers in California
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    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. The first i3 EVs are set to be sold ...

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    Report: California will extend plug-in vehicle solo-driver access to HOV lanes
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    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, ...

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    Official: New BMW i3 details show gas-powered EV aiming right for CARB HOV loophole
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    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 ...

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    Report: Honda leads pack with four HOV qualifying vehicles in California
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    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. That number represents an impressive mix of cutting edge eco-friendly technologies – electric, plug-in ...

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    Report: Chevrolet Spark EV limited to fleets in Canada
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    Chevrolet is stretching the extension cord for the new Spark EV to Canada, in addition to the previously announced markets of California, Oregon and South Korea. At the Canadian International Auto Show, Chevy announced that the sub-compact Spark EV will be available only for fleet use, according ...

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    Report: California still has plenty plug-in HOV lane stickers available
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    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 ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Energi PHEV can ride solo in California carpool lane
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    Interested in the C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid? Ford would like you to do some math. THe PHEV starts at $33,745, and the Feds will subtract a tax credit worth up to $3,750. Then, if you live in California, where the Energi now qualifies for the green carpool lane sticker, the state will offer you ...

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    Report: California has HOV lane stickers for plug-in vehicles, but not many takers
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    Those new green stickers in the Golden State haven't exactly been golden. A California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) program that distributes special high-occupancy-vehicle-lane (HOV) stickers to owners of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in has started slower than ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric qualifies for California HOV lane access, extra $2,500 off
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    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 ...

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    Official: GM starts deliveries of 2012 HOV-lane-eligible Chevy Volts in California
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    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 ...

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    Official: New enhAT-PZEV Chevy Volt ready for California HOV access, extra $1,500 in rebates *UPDATED
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    The Chevy Volt may be able to travel about 40 miles without emitting a gram of CO2, but the car isn't clean enough to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access in California. Make that wasn't clean enough. Today, GM announced that California dealers are now taking orders for an ...

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    Study: Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows everyone down
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    Whodathunk that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and that's why the University's ...

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    Natural gas Honda Civic GX retains Cali HOV lane access
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    Californians seeking solo-driving access to the state's High Occupancy Vehicle lanes need look no further than the Honda Civic GX, a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle that's permitted to use HOV lanes until January 2015. Right now, Honda is the only automaker that sells a CNG-fueled ...

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    Honda Civic GX missing out on loads of potential sales in California
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    Orchestrating the launch of the natural gas-powered 2012 Honda Civic GX to coincide with California's decision to no longer allow hybrid vehicles to drive in the state's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes could have given Honda a sales edge, according to Automotive News (sub. req.). Late last ...

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