Chevy Plug-In Volt

California’s carpool lanes will soon see some new additions. GM’s latest hybrid electric plug -in model is being shipped to dealers this week.

The 2012 GM Chevy Volt, which sells for $39,145 before state and federal tax credits, meets California’s clean car air standards and qualifies customers to drive solo in the state’s carpool lanes. The new model will also be eligible for a $1500 state tax credit. The current hybrid plug- in Volt does not include the low emissions package which is now standard for California.

Plug-In Prius. Photo: Car and Driver
Plug-In Prius. Photo: Car and Driver

Don’t expect to see drivers of the new model commuting solo in the carpool lane just yet. It takes about two months for those high occupancy white stickers to arrive once a customer has applied with the DMV.

California has the largest share of the Volt market and is likely to be ground zero for another low emission car that is also just beginning to arrive at dealerships, the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in. The base MSRP for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is $32,000. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid Advanced has an MSRP of $39,525. Subtract from that up to $4,000 in state and federal tax credits.

Move over Nissan Leaf, you may soon have more company in the HOV lane.

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New, Cleaner Volts and Priuses Arrive 26 April,2012Andrea Kissack


Andrea Kissack

Andrea has nearly three decades of experience working as a reporter, anchor, producer and editor for public radio, large market television news and CBS radio. In her current role as KQED’s Sr. Science Editor, Andrea helps lead a talented team covering science, technology, health and the environment for broadcast and digital platforms. Most recently she helped KQED launch a new, multimedia initiative covering the intersection of technology, health and medical science. She has earned a number of accolades for her work including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Associated Press. Her work can be seen, and heard, on a number of networks, Including NPR, PBS, CBS and the BBC.

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