BMW i3 REx Gets Green HOV Sticker, TZEV Rating

BMW i | April 29th, 2014 by 3
bmw i3 tzev BMW i3 REx Gets Green HOV Sticker, TZEV Rating

InsideEVs reports the The California Air Resources Board just listed the BMW i3 REx (range-extended version) as a TZEV (Transitional Zero Emissions Vehicle) and thus …

InsideEVs reports the The California Air Resources Board just listed the BMW i3 REx (range-extended version) as a TZEV (Transitional Zero Emissions Vehicle) and thus awarded it the coveted green HOV sticker.

Per CARB, the TZEV designation is typically assigned to plug-in hybrid vehicles which is different from BEVx (BEVx, or a battery-electric vehicle with a small “limp-home” range extending engine or APU (auxiliary power unit)—i.e., not a series-hybrid type vehicle equipped with a full-capability engine” ).

bmw i3 tzev BMW i3 REx Gets Green HOV Sticker, TZEV Rating

These four criteria must be met for BEVx status:

    • The APU range is equal to or less than the all-electric range
    • Engine operation cannot occur until the battery charge has been depleted to the charge-sustaining lower limit
    • A minimum 75 miles electric range
    • Super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) and zero evaporative emissions compliant and TZEV warranty requirements on the battery system.

Though not listed as a BEVx, that has no impact of the i3 REx getting the green sticker.

BMW i3 REx qualifies only for the $1,500 California Clean Vehicle Rebate, and not the full $2,500 rebate.

 

  • http://www.greenthensolar.com M Saxena

    The good news is that California upped their quota of green HOV stickers from 40,000 to 55,000 in July 2014. But the main problem for anyone about to buy their Prius Plugin Hybrid or other electric-hybrid vehicle is that we are never quite sure of the rate at which these stickers are issued, so it’s a guessing game about when the last one will be issued! I finally figured out this problem … I calculated the rate by looking at earlier versions of the California Air Resources Board website, and made a graph that projects the date when the current quota of 55,000 stickers will be gone. Per my projection that will happen is early October 2014. You can read about my analysis and see the graph on my blog here:

    http://www.greenthensolar.com/2014/07/the-question-on-everyones-mind-trying.html

    Hope this helps people buying hybrid-electric cars!

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