Thanks. So, I suppose selling the old Leaf is the only option now if we require the HOV stickers.
I am just frustrated that leasing an EV is what AB544 will be steering most of the people towards. No help for anyone desiring to keep an environmentally clean vehicle for life.
Well, look at it this way. I've always felt that the SO HOV stickers were a necessary but strictly temporary evil, as single occupant car commuting is the last thing we should be encouraging people to do, whatever the energy source. However, they have unquestionably boosted PEV sales and leases in California, putting far more PEVs into the fleet and introducing them to many more people, and they can ultimately be bought used by people who could never afford them new.
The HOV perk is just that, and a LEAF that can get you to work in the HOV lane will also get you to work in stop and go traffic in a non-HOV lane (and may well do so with less range anxiety if you don't have to use a lot of HVAC), so it's not as if the car is useless, anymore than Priuses with yellow HOV stickers became useless when those expired.