Hybrid Vehicles Clog Virginia HOV Lanes

State officials worry car-pool lanes will get more congested

Published: 11-Jan-2005


The number of hybrid vehicles using Interstate 95 car-pool lanes more than tripled between last spring and October.

That left those lanes nearly as congested as the ones they are supposed to relieve, according to a Virginia transportation task force study.

Owners of fuel-efficient hybrids, which use a combination of gas and electric power and produce less pollution than regular cars, are allowed to drive alone on high-occupancy vehicle lanes.


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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