California Hybrid Car Lane Rule Stalls in D.C.

Approval for law that would allow 75,000 hybrid cars into California HOV lanes stalled in federal transportation bill, which may not be approved for six months

Published: 03-Jan-2005

Sacramento – Hybrid-car owners anxious to cruise California's car pool lanes are in for a January disappointment.

Their reward for getting 45 miles per gallon is caught up in Washington politics.

Though the California Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to open the lanes to single-occupant hybrid cars beginning Jan. 1 – specifically the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic and Insight – the U.S. government hasn't approved a waiver to allow it on federal highways in the state.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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