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Hybrids:Yes Bi-Fuels:No In Arizonia's Carpool Lanes

Posted February 12, 2007 8:33 AM by stilljester
Pathfinder Tags: Carpool electric car Hybrid

"Three models of small hybrid cars will be permitted to use car pool lanes on area freeways under an experiment that also will ban some alternative-fuel vehicles that currently use the special lanes.

The federally authorized pilot project was announced Friday by Gov. Janet Napolitano's office. It will permit the Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius to use the 73 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes if owners get required new plates and special permits.

Hybrid vehicles run on either gasoline or self-generated electricity.

"We're using a variety of strategies to begin to clear the air in Arizona," Napolitano said in a statement. "Drivers who make the commitment to clean air and energy efficiency will get an easier commute. That seems like a good trade to me."

The state plans to issue 10,000 of the hybrid-vehicle permits on a first-come first-serve basis. There are 9,000 of those models registered in Arizona, officials said.

While hybrids are in, bi-fuel vehicles are out, under the program.

Bi-fuel vehicles typically use gasoline but also are equipped to use an alternative fuel such as compressed natural gas."

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Re: Hybrids:Yes Bi-Fuels:No In Arizonia's Carpool Lanes

02/13/2007 3:03 AM

The strategy is only partically correct. It appears that the structure of the permitting process is to authorize access to the HOV lane for vehicles that get better than of 40 mpg(US) combined city/highway average.

It is sad that they overlooked the non-hybrid vehicles built between 1980 and 2004/5 that meet the 40+ mpg criteria. Some of them were FORD (diesel Escort), GM (Firefy & Sprint), several HONDAs, METROs, SUZUKIs, TOYOTAs, and of course the VW diesels ... approximately 15 different models over almost 20 years. Sadly, from what I can figure, not one was actually built by Detroit's "Big 3".

In all fairness, I believe that if EPA rated them above 40 mpg(US) combined average they should also have the privilege of HOV access, ALL 15+/- of them!

This would also clarify the objectives of fuel economy and OIL INDEPENDENCE by completely circumventing any discussion of CAFE.

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