HOV Lane Stickers Are Back for Plug-in Hybrids in California

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 5, 2015

Shoppers in California considering a plug-in hybrid have some good news to start the year: carpool lane stickers are back.

This is great news for shoppers since the supply of 55,000 Clean Air Vehicle stickers for plug-in hybrids was exhausted last September. Thanks to legislation, an additional 15,000 stickers became available on January 1.

High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access continues to be one of the top motivators for purchasing plug-in hybrids according to the Center for Sustainable Energy. Perhaps this isn't surprising, however: who wouldn't want the power to move in and out of the carpool lane and have a shorter commute?

Surprisingly, for many buyers, the Center for Sustainable Energy found that HOV lane access was even more important than saving money. With the average price of gas at record-low levels, we expect HOV lane access to become even more of a key selling point when shopping for plug-ins.

While it's too soon to tell if prices will fall now that more stickers are available, one thing is for certain: they will go quickly and shoppers shouldn't wait too long.

Top-Selling Plug-in Hybrids


Toyota Prius Plug-In

2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in
MSRP: $35,730

Chevrolet Volt

2015 Chevrolet Volt
MSRP: $35,155

Ford C-Max Energi

2015 Ford C-Max Energi
MSRP: $32,595

CarsDirect Tip:

Plug-in hybrid shoppers in California may be eligible for up to $8,000 in State and Federal credits. Be sure to ask your dealer about all available programs.

, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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