What kinds of cars are allowed in the carpool lane with one person?

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    I think it depends on the state you live in. The following information comes from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and outlines what cars meet their regulations to drive solo in a carpool lane. (http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/vehicles/cleanspecialfuel.asp)

    Qualifications for Clean Special Fuel License Plates

    In order for your vehicle to qualify as clean fuel it must be exclusively powered by clean special fuel. The following types of fuels may qualify a vehicle for clean special fuel plates:

    • Compressed Natural Gas
    • Electricity
    • Ethane
    • Hybrid Gasoline/Electric
    • Hydrogen
    • Hythane
    • Liquefied Natural Gas
    • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
    • Methane
    • Solar
    • or Combination of two types of clean special fuels

    Not all hybrids qualify for clean special fuel license plates, but the following do:

    Year Qualifying Hybrids
    2003 and Earlier Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius
    2004 Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius
    2005 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius
    2006 Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Lexus RX400,
    Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
    2007 Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus RX400h,
    Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima 2.5, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
    2008 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus RX400h, Lexus LS600h,
    Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima 2.5, Tesla Roadster,
    Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
    2009 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus LS600h, Mazda Tribute,
    Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.4 L.,
    Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
    2010 Ford Escape 2.5L, Ford Fusion 2.5L, Honda Civic 1.3L, Honda Insight 1.3L,
    Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus HS250h 2.4L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Mazda Tribute 2.5L,
    Mercury Mariner 2.5L, Mercury Milan 2.5L, Nissan Altima 2.5,
    Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry 2.4L, Toyota Highlander 3.3L, Toyota Prius 1.8L
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    In Los Angeles, you must have multiple people in the car.  They are trying to change the legislation, but as of now, you need more than one person. 

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