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Hybrids and HOV 
14th-Nov-2006 04:04 pm
I was looking at a Toyota Camry Hybrid yesterday and the sales man said that with this car can drive in the HOV lane with only one passenger. I've seen the "AFV OK" signs, but wanted to make sure this was true. I've found this on the books in the Georgia Assembly:

(2) 'Alternative fueled vehicle' means:...A hybrid vehicle, which means a motor vehicle which draws propulsion energy from onboard sources of stored energy which include an internal combustion or heat engine using combustible fuel and a rechargeable energy storage system;...

That would seem to back up the claim. But then I found this on Georgia DOT website:

Currently, hybrid vehicles are not eligible for the Alternate Fuel License Plates.
In addition, as of June 2006, hybrid vehicles may only use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane with two or more passengers.
It goes on to say that the EPA will have to develop a list of vehicles that can qualify for this standard before they can allow them again.

So was he right? Did the EPA release this list yet (since it was planned for this past summer)?
14th-Nov-2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
If I recall correctly, the problem is that HOV lanes are regulated by the federal government. I think Georgia passed the law allowing hybrids but it will only go into effect when the federal government changes its rules regarding HOV lanes. Since the interstate is a federal highway, they get to supersede state laws. I know a few states were considering not equating hybrids with alternate fuel vehicles even if the feds gave the states the choice because they were worried the HOV lane would instantly get jammed up with new hybrids.

The car sales man? Well, he's just trying to make a sale. I'm sure that if he thought he could get away with it, he'd tell you that the Camry is a transformer that can turn into a robot that will walk around traffic jams.
16th-Nov-2006 05:07 am (UTC)
i was wondering tooo

i drive a civic hybrid.
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