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California Approves Cars for Solo Car Pool Lane Drivers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 2, 2012

Once the cars arrive in California, the owners of a new Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be allowed to buy the sticker and drive with no passengers in the car pool lane.   

Jan Mendoza with the Department of Motor Vehicles says the new green stickers cost $8 and replace the yellow stickers that expired in 2010.

MENDOZA: "There's only going to be 40,000 of those available once those cars are available to purchase.  So far, we have not given out any of those stickers."

That will soon change once the Volts arrive.  Chevrolet and Toyota started shipping the cars this week. 

Chevrolet hopes CARB's announcement will increase sales and allow production to resume.  The company just put a five-week production hold on the Volt due to slow sales.

Shad Balch with Chevy says the car is ideal for people concerned with their environment…and their commute times.     

BALCH:  "Anybody who's spent time in California knows that this quite a substantial perk and we're very pleased that this is now available."

The Volt goes 50 miles on a single battery charge and then gets 40 miles per gallon when the gas engine kicks in. 


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