BMW has recently announced that four of its models qualify for California’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane use. Also known as the carpool lane, the HOV lane is normally restricted to vehicles carrying more than one person. However, several hybrid and electric vehicles that qualify for a California Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decal are allowed to drive in this traffic-light lane because they are exempt from the occupancy restriction.
The 2017 BMW i3 BEV electric car and the i3 REX plug-in hybrid are both eligible for a CAV decal. Additionally, the new 2018 BMW 530e and 530e xDrive models qualify for this same designation.