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2014 BMW i3 Gets CA Carpool-Lane Access: Battery Only, So Far

As expected, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been awarded its “white sticker,” the coveted permission to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes with only one occupant on California’s crowded freeways.

The range-extended version of the i3, however, has not yet appeared on the list–and there remains debate as to what kind of sticker it would be awarded.

MORE: 2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Orders Limited To Single Trim Level (For 3 Months)

The California Air Resources Board publishes a list showing that no fewer than 24 vehicles from model year 2014 are now eligible for either green or white stickers.

2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Green stickers are for vehicles with both zero-emission and engine-operated modes.

Just 40,000 green stickers have been authorized; as of December 31, the Board says it has issued almost 29,000 of them. White stickers, on the other hand, are unlimited.

White stickers go to vehicles that have no tailpipe emissions under any circumstance–battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles–as well as to natural-gas vehicles.

Ten of the cars eligible for white stickers are battery-electrics: the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S, plus seven low-volume or compliance cars.


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