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.”

 

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