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California Gives Volt HOV Lane Access After All

But GM’s new plug-in will have to wait until 2012.

by on Sep.02, 2010

Chevy Volt owners will eventually get this valuable sticker -- but not immediately after the law changes.

Initially denied the coveted pass to California’s time-saving carpool lanes, the Chevrolet Volt will get a break – but not until 2012.

California has decided to pull the value decals that give access to the HOV lanes from conventional hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius, providing that perk, instead, to the new battery-electric vehicles that will soon hit market in increasing numbers.  But as first reported, the revised rules notably excluded the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle, or E-REV, because while driven in gasoline mode it didn’t quite make the tough P-ZEV emission standard.

(Click Here for the original July 28, 2010 report.)

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But rules being made to be broken, especially in California, all these changes are changing again.

Under the revised bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed, the 85,000 traditional hybrids that were given HOV stickers will continue to have access for an extra six months – through the end of June 2011.