California drivers worried they won’t be able to get their hands on the state’s green carpool stickers can breathe a bit easier. It looks like the state will once again save the day by issuing another 15,000 of them to qualified plug-in hybrid drivers.
The stickers are part of the Green Clean Air Vehicle decal program. Currently, the sticker limit is capped at 70,000 and even that’s an increase from the 40,000 issued as part of the original program. New legislation would increase the number of stickers by an additional 15,000 to take the total up to 85,000. California Governor Jerry Brown has until July 1 to sign it into into law, and he’s expected to do so, according to Hybrid Cars.
Before this bill, there was serious concern that the state would run out of the plug-in hybrid green decals. According to the California Air Resources Board, the state had issued 68,343 of them out of the 70,000-unit total, as of June 8.
The green stickers allow a single person to drive a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) in California’s carpool lanes. This includes plug-in cars like the BMW i3 REx, Ford C-Max Energi and the 2016 Chevy Volt.
Chevrolet depends on this perk to its consumers to move 40-50 percent of its extended-range EV, and the new car is pending with buyers lined up.
In addition, the state has an unlimited number of white decals available for fully zero-emissions models like battery electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cells.