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In California, Stickers for H.O.V. Privileges Go Begging

By JIM MOTAVALLI 29, 2012, 11:51 am

Toyota Sales 2012 Toyota Hybrid, one of two plug-in hybrids qualify for H.O.V. lane in California.

The gridlocked freeways of are the stuff of infamy, so when the Air Resources Board began a sticker program granting of plug-in hybrids a free into high-occupancy-vehicle lanes, a of applications was expected. The flood, has instead been a trickle.

the program started in January, the Department of Motor Vehicles has 4,092 of the green-colored stickers to who own or lease the Chevrolet Volt or Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the eligible vehicles. For a state more than 30 million vehicles, that is not a big number. set a cap of 40,000 on the sticker program.

There are several possible for the low claim rate. One presumes new cars like the Volt and Plug-in Hybrid represent too a twist on hybrid-vehicle technology to throngs of buyers. Another, as by the Web site PlugInCars. presumes is simply too little variety in the which could be partly when the Ford C-Max and Ford Fusion Energi hybrids begin sales.

“They’ve only begun to them, don’t forget,” Young, a spokesman for the Air Resources said of the two qualifying plug-in in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

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General Motors and Toyota sold about 15,000 of the nationwide through July. The the lynchpin of a revamped General did not qualify for a green sticker the 2012 model year, G.M. met prerequisites set by the board, entailed the revision of emissions and the offering of a 10-year, 150,000-mile warranty.

The board estimates that 40 of all plug-in passenger vehicles in the States are registered in California. program has a pretty good of the eligible plug-in hybrids on the John Swanton, another for the board, said in a telephone

Purely electric vehicles and that run on natural gas are also for H.O.V. lane privileges, as a of a program that started in The California D.M.V. said have been nearly takers, though Mr. Swanton not all the cars that bore the white stickers were on the road. An earlier and very yellow-sticker program for hybrid expired in 2011, after the limit of 85,000 consumers.

Despite owning a purely Nissan Leaf and being immersed in the program, Mr. Swanton has not for his rightful white sticker. “It factor into my commute in the Los area,” he said. “The 405 is so slammed during rush that the carpool lane moves a few miles an hour It’s more of a hassle to the H.O.V. lane than the increase warrants. And my other commute doesn’t even a carpool lane. Maybe get a sticker. My wife is bugging me it.”

Mr. Swanton said his purchase was by the fuel savings and a love of new not the prospect of H.O.V. lane don’t have survey to prove it, but some plug-in owners may feel that don’t gain much the green stickers,” he said.


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