Problems getting the California High Occupancy Vehicle white stickers.
Recently, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) have been turning down converted EVs for receiving the white Clean Air Vehicle stickers, including my MR2 electric that is charged mainly off solar panels.
These stickers allows 100% electric vehicles to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes during traffic hours and also reduces the toll that the drivers have to pay to cross any of the bridges in the Bay Area.
From the DMV Webpage on Decals, the criteria for receiving a white sticker is as follows:
White CAV decals are issued according to the following criteria:
- A vehicle that meets California’s super ultra–low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal inherently low–emission vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard. This includes certain zero–emission vehicles (ZEVs).
- A 2004 model-year or older vehicle that meets the California ultra–low emission vehicle (ULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal ILEV standard.
- Certain Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicles (AT PZEV).
I’ve been in contact with the ARB a few times regarding this issue, and here’s a bulleted list of the key things they mentioned to me.
- Manufactured EVs that appears on their list of eligible EVs qualify for the white sticker.
- For conversions to qualify, the parts must have come from a conversion kit and the company selling the conversion kit must have followed the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) certification procedure for the kit. see link
- One up home conversions do not qualify for the certification process.
I understand why the ARB requires certification of all ZEVs before granting eligibility for these stickers, but it is item 3 that I have issue with.
If I am willing to go through the certification process to prove that my home converted electric car meets all ZEV standards, why won’t the ARB allow it? If it is a resource issue, then perhaps what it takes a more streamlined procedure for doing such certifications. It is my opinion that this is unfair and discriminatory against small business that specialize in conversions as well as individuals who due to preference, may elect to convert a classic car like a Porche 911 to electric instead buying something like a Leaf. I’ve left a message today for the contact at ARB that is responsible for ZEV certifications (Ms. Shobna Sahni, (626) 450-6104, firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if it will be possible to put my 1986 MR2 electric through certification and will report back.