Plan to Push Hybrids in Arizona Could Spell Fight with Feds
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Sen. Slade Mead, R-Ahwatukee, wants to permit these vehicles, which have electric motors, to use the high-occupancy vehicle lanes during rush hours. He said letting the drivers whiz around the traffic jams would go a long way in convincing them to scrap their current vehicles.
But the move will get a raised eyebrow -- and potentially more -- from the Federal Highway Administration. That's because the vehicles use a small gasoline engine to keep the batteries charged.
And that means they emit pollutants.
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