Fri, Jul 1, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Hitting the Brakes on Hybrids in the Carpool Lane

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Craig Miller/KQED

Beginning today, gas-electric hybrid vehicles are banned from driving solo in California's carpool lanes. Now the only cars allowed solo in carpool lanes are the white-stickered all-electric or natural gas-powered cars. Will the new law translate to an increased demand for all-electric cars? How are hybrid drivers coping with the change?

Host: Dave Iverson


  • Christina Fragomeni, Leaf sales specialist with San Leandro Nissan
  • John Swanton, air pollution specialist with the California Air Resources Board
  • Mark Duvall, director of electric transportation with the Electric Power Research Institute
  • Michael Omotoso, senior manager of hybrid and electric vehicle forecasting with J.D. Power and Associates, an independent market research firm
  • Patrick Wang, owner of the first Chevy Volt sold in the Bay Area and author of the blog,

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