A quick check of California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CARB) eligible vehicle list for HOV lane access shows that 36,230 “green” stickers have now been scooped up through March 12th, 2014.
In total, 40,000 of the stickers were allotted for those vehicles that qualify as a partial zero emission vehicle – like the Chevrolet Volt. With only 3,770 stickers remaining, it will only be a matter of weeks before they have all been given out.
There had previously been some attention given to the fact that the upcoming extended range BMW i3 (REx) would not qualify for the white sticker (see details below) as a BEVx, but rather this “green” sticker instead.
However, with this surge in applications (more than 12,000 in past 4 months and 8,000 since the start of the year) the green sticker matters little - as they will all be claimed before the BMW hits US soil in two months.
As before, those vehicles that qualify for HOV access via being fully electric -or ILEVs if you will, such as the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, all-electric BMW i3; and yes, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, need not worry – as those “white” stickers are still unlimited.
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/green-hov-stickers-for-plug-in-hybrids-gone-california/ Green HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids almost gone in California
Mar 19th 2014 ... Of the 40,000 green stickers slated for distribution, more than 36,200 were spoken for by March 12, Inside EVs says. And with 8,000 stickers getting gobbled up since the beginning of the year, the rest will likely be gone by tax day. That monthly rate is a far cry from 2012, when less about 500 green stickers were being given out to a then-smaller contingent of plug-in drivers. Ever-green, no more ...