This is more for potential PHEV buyers/lessees than anybody else, and my apologies if it was posted elsewhere, but as many early Leaf adopters are moving on to PHEVs I figure this is important info to get out:
Any Californian looking to buy or lease a plug-in hybrid and is expecting solo HOV lane access better hurry. Less than 4,000 of the allotted 40,000 green stickers remain:
http://insideevs.com/3000-green-high-oc ... alifornia/
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Of course this restriction does not apply to white-stickered cars like the Leaf. For now those numbers remain uncapped, and both white and green stickered cars will be allowed solo HOV privileges until 1/1/2019, thanks to a recent change in the law.
I do wonder how this will affect sales of say the Plug-in Prius, whose paltry EV-only range is offset by its ability to get an HOV sticker, or of the upcoming BMW i3, because the REx option will make it a green-sticker car and the remaining sticker allotment is expected to run out before that car is released in the US.
I suspect also that once all 40,000 stickers have been spoken for, it might drive up prices for low-mileage used PHEVs and new ones that are still on dealer lots that the dealer was able to successfully get stickers for.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.