The low emission model – standard in California – of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has been cleared for the Golden State’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes, General Motors said last week, noting too that California customers will qualify for a $1,500 state rebate.
Volts with the low emissions package have begun shipping from GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant “and should begin arriving at the more than 140 participating Chevrolet dealerships in California before the end of the month,” the automaker said.
“Commuters who use carpool lanes in Southern California save an estimated average 36 minutes a day, or about a third of their total driving time,” GM adds.
GM says that California Department of Motor Vehicles is making 40,000 Clean Air Stickers available for registered vehicles that meet the state’s emissions standards. Volt eligibility takes effect March 1.
Volts registered in Georgia, New York and Florida also are eligible for single occupancy access to carpool lanes, GM says.
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