Owners of hybrid vehicles getting at least 45 mpg (5.2 L/100 km) will be allowed to drive in the carpool lanes on California’s highways. On Sept. 23 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law allowing as many as 75,000 hybrids meeting the fuel efficiency requirement to use the carpool lanes even if there is not a passenger in the vehicle. Currently only hybrid offerings from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. meet the standard. Ford Motor Co. lobbied against the law as its Escape ...

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