PHOTO CAPTION: California version of Chevrolet Volt will have additional emissions control equipment.

GM Plans Special Edition Volt for California

California edition will allow car to qualify for HOV lane access and $1,500 state rebate.

Published: 23-Jan-2012

General Motors Co. plans to bring a special version of the Chevrolet Volt to the California market that will qualify the plug-in hybrid sedan for a $1,500 state rebate and a coveted carpool lane sticker.

The Volt, which the automaker has made the poster child for its environmental credentials, has sold slower in California than its all-electric rival, the Nissan Leaf -- in part because it previously did not qualify as a vehicle solo drivers could use in the state’s network of time-saving carpool lanes.

GM said that next month it will begin shipping a special version of the car with a "low emissions package" that satisfies the requirements of the California Air Resources Board, with sales to start the following month.


Production of Chevy Volts in 2011 to more than double.

Capacity reported to increase to 120,000 units annually, with 2011 production to increase to 25,000.

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