List of Plug-in Vehicles Eligible for California HOV Lane Stickers

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 6, 2015

Considering a new plug-in vehicle in California? Odds are your potential new car is eligible for a HOV lane sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The stickers enable single-occupant vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes on public roads.

There are two main types: Green and White. Green stickers mainly apply to plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. White stickers are primarily used for electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, as well as other fuel types like Natural Gas.

Whereas the California DMV currently has no limit on the number of White stickers it can issue since electric cars continue to be rare, the green stickers have been hard to come by until just recently. Late last year, the DMV reported they had issued all 55,000 green HOV lane stickers. The good news is that the State made an additional 15,000 stickers available on January 1, 2015.

It's important to note that neither sticker guarantees indefinite access to HOV lanes. Unless extended by California's legislature, both green and white stickers will expire in 2019, just as yellow stickers on older hybrids expired in 2011.

Below is a list of eligible vehicles according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). We’ve omitted models that have already sold out. For the full vehicle list we suggest visiting the CARB website.

Eligible 2015 Plug-in Hybrids

Vehicle Fuel Type Sticker Type
Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford Fusion Energi
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Plug-in Hybrid Green

Eligible 2015 Electric and Other Fuel Types

Vehicle Fuel Type Sticker Type
Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevrolet Spark EV
Electric White
FIAT 500e
Fiat 500e
Electric White
Ford Focus EV
Ford Focus Electric
Electric White
Kia Soul EV
Kia Soul EV
Electric White
Mercedes-Benz B Electric Drive
Mercedes-Benz B Electric Drive
Electric White
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEVMitsubishi i-MiEV
Electric White
Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF
Electric White
Smart fortwo electric
Smart forwto electric
Electric White
Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen e-Golf
Electric White
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Natural Gas White

Eligible 2014 Plug-in Hybrids

Vehicle Fuel Type Sticker Type
BMW i3 (Range Extended)
BMW i3
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Cadillac ELR
Cadillac ELR
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Ford C-Max Energi
Ford C-Max Energi
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford Fusion Energi
Plug-in Hybrid Green
Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Plug-in Hybrid Green

Eligible 2014 Electric and Other Fuel Types

Vehicle Fuel Type Sticker Type
BMW i3 (EV)
BMW i3
Electric White
Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark
Electric White
Ford Focus EV
Ford Focus Electric
Electric White
Mercedes-Benz B Electric Drive
Mercedes-Benz B Electric Drive
Electric White
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Electric White
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S
Electric White
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Honda Civic Natural Gas
Natural Gas White

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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