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Will carpool access boost sales of electric vehicles?

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The Nissan Leaf prototype electric car on display during the press preview for the world automotive media North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center January 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.

On July first – the carpool lane privileges hybrid vehicle drivers have enjoyed for years will come to a screeching halt. That’s the day the yellow access stickers on California’s hybrid cars expire for good. State officials describe the program as a huge success that helped convince drivers to give hybrids a try. Now they hope a similar sticker will do the same for electric cars. But many drivers doubt that plug-ins can catch on. Sanden Totten reports.

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