EV Engineering News

New Volts will cruise California’s HOV lanes

2012 Chevrolet Volts sold in California will incorporate a new Low Emissions Package, making an already clean machine even cleaner.


2012 Chevrolet Volts sold in California will incorporate a new Low Emissions Package, making an already clean machine even cleaner. Chevrolet engineers have modified the Volt's catalytic converter by adding a secondary air-injection pump that streams ambient air into the exhaust stream to increase its ability to remove pollutants.

In addition to feeling better about slightly cleaner air, Golden State drivers will get two valuable perks. The new and improved Volt now qualifies as a California Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (CEAT-PZEV – whew!), which means drivers are eligible to apply for one of 40,000 available High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane stickers. California’s 1,400 miles of HOV lanes are restricted to vehicles with two or more occupants – or advanced, low emission vehicles.

The new Low Emissions Package also makes 2012 Volt owners eligible for up to $1,500 in state rebates through the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. This incentive is in addition to the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit.

“HOV lane access is a coveted perk in California,” said Chevrolet VP Chris Perry. “The low-emissions Volt will be a strong draw for drivers who commute daily in the most-congested driving environments in the United States. The Volt may be the most-technologically advanced vehicle on the road today with a long list of valuable benefits from gas-free commuting and refined performance to connectivity. Future owners in California can now add HOV lane access to that list.”


Image: Chevrolet

Create Account. Already Registered? Log In

Virtual Conference on EV Engineering: Free to Attend

Don't miss our next Virtual Conference on October 2-5, 2023. Register for the free webinar sessions below and reserve your spot to watch them live or on-demand.


EV Engineering Webinars & Whitepapers

EV Tech Explained

The Tech

How to improve battery production speed-to-market with automation technology (Whitepaper)

Next generation dielectric insulation solutions for EV battery packs (Webinar)

GM invests in battery materials innovator Mitra Chem

New process solutions for battery systems manufacturing (Webinar)

The Vehicles & Infrastructure

Frustration with delays in implementing the Megawatt Charging System standard

Andersen EV doubles production capacity of home chargers

Biden-Harris Administration makes $100 million available to repair EV charging stations

Fleet managers planning EV rollouts need to start talking to their utilities early in the process

Emporia launches Intelligent Load Management for its Level 2 EV chargers

SAE International updates standard for bidirectional EV/charger communication

REE confirms FMVSS certification feasibility of its x-by-wire systems for electric trucks

Volvo Trucks introduces Turnkey Solutions fleet-management program in North America

Tesla selects Volex as a NACS coupler manufacturer

Here’s why utilities are happy to install public EV chargers, even if they lose money