The Chevrolet Volt Became HOV Eligible Part Way Through Model Year 2012
Well that was fast.
It's Good To Be White
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.
Update (March 21st, 2014): Just 3,263 stickers remain.
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.
CARB's "Green" Sticker Explained
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.
CARB's "White" Sticker Explained
Hat tip to Tom at the BMW i3 Facebook Group