More Cities Give Hybrid Car Owners Parking Perks

Wendy Koch recounts numerous perks being extended to hybrid car owners.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

Many hybrid car owners, who often get tax credits and special use of HOV lanes, are getting another perk: parking privileges.

An increasing number of offices, hotels and others are giving drivers of hybrids free or reduced-cost parking or reserved spots closer to entrances, similar to those for the disabled or for pregnant women. They're following at least a dozen cities, which introduced such perks in 2004.

"It really encourages people to buy hybrids," says Maureen Lacey, of Boston University Medical Campus' parking office. She says the medical center's preferential first-floor parking for hybrids, begun in 2007, was so popular that in October it doubled to 100 the number of available spaces.


The 2009 model will be the first small SUV to use the powerful new hybrid system GM recently unveiled in its large SUVs and pickups.

The newly developed full parallel hybrid system will consist primarily of the battery unit positioned in the luggage compartment, the power electronics, and the hybrid module between the engine and transmission comprising an additional clutch and the electric motor.

The new fuel efficient two seat car has a top speed of 40 km/hr and cost Rs 1.5 lahk (US$3834). Gogoi pictured with two of the many vehicles he's built in his garage.


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