As Green HOV Stickers Dry Up, California DMV Reacts By Denying Dealer Pre-Registrations of Plug-Ins

MAR 19 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

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Dianne Whitmire, Fleet and Internet Sales Director  at Carson Toyota in Sunny SoCal, reports to InsideEVs that California’s green HOV sticker advance purchase program has been suspended effective immediately.  Only 3,770 green stickers remain unclaimed. (details on that here

Update (March 21st, 2014): Just 3,263 stickers remain.

Quoting Whitmire, who, along with the Carson Toyota team seem to sell more Toyota RAV4 EVs than any other dealer out there:

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Carson Toyota

“DMV’s program allowing new car dealers to purchase and install green HOV stickers on eligible vehicles before they are sold has been suspended.”

“Existing law authorizes the DMV to issue no more than 40,000 green stickers, and this limit will soon be reached, so DMV has reserved all remaining green stickers for individual consumer applications. AB 2013 (Muratsuchi) was recently introduced and if it becomes law, will increase the number of green stickers that the DMV is authorized to issue.”

“DMV’s announcement does NOT affect white HOV stickers and dealers may still obtain these in advance for eligible vehicles in their inventory.”

“Finally, CARB’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program may also be suspended sometime before July 1st, because funding is running short.”

It seems Whitmire is on top of all issues related to colored HOV stickers and the California’s CVRP.

*Note: Whitmire tells us that white HOV stickers can still be ordered in advance, so no worries there.

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7 Comments on "As Green HOV Stickers Dry Up, California DMV Reacts By Denying Dealer Pre-Registrations of Plug-Ins"

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George B

Good to know, thank you for the update! Wish all dealers would help their customers with HOV stickers in California, even if it’s the white ones. Many won’t even try, and sadly, Dianne is one of a kind. Truly a sales director par excellence. The reputation she enjoys in the Prius and RAV4 communities is well-deserved.

ModernMarvelFan

“Finally, CARB’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program may also be suspended sometime before July 1st, because funding is running short.”

That is a far bigger news in my opinion.

Does that affect the $2,500 BEV current gets in CA? If so, that will put a HUGE dent in the CA BEV leasing market as many of the buyers are depending on that rebates…

Mike I

Yes, CVRP does not have a stable funding source. CARB basically authorizes big chunks of money to fund it from their other air pollution control activities. They need to decide what their ongoing funding commitment is and reduce the rebate amounts per vehicle according to sales projections. They need to announce it well in advance so consumers can plan accordingly. Letting the funds just dry up with no real warning is very bad.

Yes, this is true. That said, the program has seen continues funding increases over the past three years, and there is a very good chance that it will be renewed in the next fiscal year.

ModernMarvelFan

By the CVRP website, there is only about $4Million left. Considering the BEV gets about $2,500 and PHEV/EREV gets about $1,500, averages out to be about $2,000 per car, that is ONLY 2,000 cars or applications left.

https://energycenter.org/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/rebate-funding-status

As I said above, the program has been continuously funded for the past three years, and it will likely be extended. New owners can apply for the rebate while new funding is pending. They will be put on a waiting list, and the check will be delivered once the program is renewed. In my experience, this is a non-issue. The program has worked very well over the past three years, despite the increasing demand for plugin vehicles. The green stickers have a good chance of getting an extended allocation, and could prove to be a non-issue as well.

ModernMarvelFan

I hope you are right..