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Bill AB266 could extend HOV lane access for green cars by 10 years in California

One of the most sought after incentives for green(er) cars in California are the white, green and yellow stickers that give access to the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane even if you don’t have the required number of passengers. The yellow sticks (shown above) that were once given to the most fuel-efficient hybrids expired in 2011, but the white stickers for electric, natural gas, and hydrogen vehicles are still offered, though time is running out. If nothing is done, the program will expire on January 1, 2015, and then it’s “bye bye” carpool lane.

California Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield doesn’t want to see that happen. He introduced a bill called AB266 that would extend by 10 years the duration of the HOV sticker program to January 1, 2025.

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Green Car Reports writes:

Under the current program, “white” stickers are given to zero-emission vehicles that include all battery electric vehicles as well as natural-gas and hydrogen powered vehicles, while “green” stickers are given to plug-in hybrids and range-extended electric cars that have both battery propulsion and a gasoline engine.
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