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Old 02-27-2012, 07:17 AM
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So, maybe this will help Volt sales:

Published by MIT Technology Review today (story dated 2/23/2012):
Dismal sales of the Chevrolet Volt called into question whether the GM could sell the 30,000 Volts it’s said it wants to this year. But part of the problem was the original car, although it operates without gasoline for short trips, didn't meet California’s emissions standards to qualify for carpool access (without a passenger) and a state tax rebate of $1,500.

Today GM announced that Volt’s with a new low emissions package meet the state's standards, and will be available at 140 dealerships in California by the end of the month. That’s too late to help February sales figures, but it could give sales a boost in March.

Carpool access is a big deal on the crowded highways of Southern California. GM says commuters who use them cut their driving time by 36 minutes per day.
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So a standard Volt doesn't meet Cali's emission standards.
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So a standard Volt doesn't meet Cali's emission standards.
Almost every vehicle sold has a Nationwide Emissions version and a Cali (and NE States) emission version. The Cali versions are different in a number of ways (only one of which is emissions).
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How can any car cut commuting time? I thought commuting was determined by distance,traffic,highway construction etc? Southern CA has a separate board on emissions.
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Originally Posted by hhi angler View Post
How can any car cut commuting time? I thought commuting was determined by distance,traffic,highway construction etc? Southern CA has a separate board on emissions.
Spend some time driving out there and you'll understand. It's not unusual to sit in stopped traffic in the right lanes, while the commuter lane keeps moving. And, don't get caught in the commuter lanes unless your car and passenger count meet the legal requirements.
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