Ariel Schwartz

California Gives Plug-In Hybrids Access to Carpool Lanes

by , 09/01/10

california, hov lane, carpool lane, plug-in hybrid, arnold schwarzenegger, hybrid, phev

Need another reason to buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle? How about this: California Governor Arnold Schwarzanegger just signed into law this week a bill that grants HOV lane (aka carpool lane) access to qualifying plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Photo © Bill S

Plug-in hybrids aren’t the first non-carpool vehicles to get special HOV status in California. Certain hybrids and low-emission vehicles also get a free pass to ride in the carpool lane.

With the new bill — SB 535 — now signed into law, 40,000 of the first plug-in hybrids will have access to HOV lanes beginning in 2012. We have a sneaking suspicion that PHEVs are about to become a whole lot more attractive to customers in Los Angeles and other traffic-plagued areas.

Via Treehugger

Lead photo © Justin Cozart

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  1. gnarly December 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    What if I get my 2002 Prius made into a plug-in? Will I be able to continue to drive it in carpool lane?

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