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Energy Efficient Plate Program

Arizona's Energy Efficient Plate Program allows eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) unrestricted access to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Arizona.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, PHEVs use batteries to power an electric motor and use another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source. Using electricity from the grid to run the vehicle some or all of the time reduces operating costs and petroleum consumption, relative to conventional vehicles.

To qualify a customer must be the registered owner of one of the vehicles listed below, have current Arizona registration and complete the online Energy Efficient plate application process through ServiceArizona. The program is limited to 10,000 participants.
Plates Issued

1,540 of the 1,800

Energy Efficient license plates available have been issued as of March 22, 2015.

— Counts updated each Monday.

Qualifying Vehicles

Final check is done with vehicle identification number (VIN).

Vehicle Make and Model Vehicle Model Year(s)
BMW - i3 Range Extender (REX) 2014
Cadillac - ELR 2014, 2015
Chevrolet Volt 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Fisker Automotive Karma 2012
Ford C-MAX Energi 2013, 2014, 2015
Ford Fusion Energi 2013, 2014, 2015
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid 2014
Porsche - Panamera S E-Hybrid 2014, 2015
Toyota Prius Plug-In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Before ADOT can accurately release an updated ADOT Energy Efficient Plate Program qualifying vehicle list with new model years, ADOT must wait until the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Eligible Low Emission and Energy-Efficient Vehicles list is published with the new model years and vehicles included ( Then the VIN identifiers for all the various vehicle makes/models must be acquired. After that takes place, internal tables for ADOT and ServiceArizona must be updated and tested.  ADOT does not know or have any input in the EPA’s timeline for updating the EPA's Eligible Low Emission and Energy-Efficient Vehicles list.

See if your vehicle qualifies.   If your vehicle qualifies, you can apply now.

Program participants are issued a special Energy Efficient license plate with a "Hybrid" graphic that permits the operator to drive in any HOV lane in Arizona, regardless of the number of occupants. Qualifying vehicles pay the standard vehicle license tax assessment.

This plate is available with the disability symbol to qualified applicants at no additional charge. An Energy Efficient Plate Application is required. If an applicant does not currently have a Disability – Hearing Impaired Plate/Placard, the applicant will need to submit an application.

If the plate is lost, stolen or mutilated, a new one can be requested at any MVD or ATP office and mailed to the vehicle owner. The replacement fee is $5, plus postage/handling.

Customers with a prior qualifying (Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight and Toyota Prius) vehicle that is currently registered with an Energy Efficient plate will be allowed to continue using their plate until they sell/transfer the vehicle. The Energy Efficient plate may only be transferred to a qualifying plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is owned or leased by the same registered owner. Otherwise, the owner must surrender the license plate to any MVD or Authorized Third Party (ATP) office. If the owner would like to receive the remaining plate credit, the owner must submit a Plate Refund Request.

For additional information, please see the Special Plates and Placards FAQ.

From the ADOT Blog

Understanding the Energy Efficient Plate and Alternative Fuel Vehicle programs

Oct. 9, 2014

See our newest infographic that explains the Energy Efficient Plate and Alternative Fuel Vehicle programs. Full story ...

Energy Efficient Plate FAQ

July 31, 2014

About two months ago, additional energy efficient license plates were made available for plug-in hybrids. Today, we revisit the topic and share some frequently asked questions (and answers). Full story ...

Additional energy efficient license plates now available exclusively for plug-in hybrids

May 20, 2014

Beginning today, specific hybrid vehicle owners will have another opportunity to obtain one of the "Clean Air – Blue Skies" Energy Efficient license plates. Full story ...

Explaining Alternative Fuel and Energy Efficient license plates

Oct. 16, 2013

Ever since we blogged about alternative fuel and energy efficient license plates more than a year ago, we have received many questions asking for even more clarification. And that's exactly what we aim to deliver to you today with our newest infographic. Full story ...

Alternative fuel license plates explained

May 11, 2012

Pop Quiz: What's required to receive one of those alternative fuel license plates (you know, they're blue with clouds and let you drive in the HOV lane)? It's OK if you don't know the answer. In fact, this is one of those questions that we hear often and we'll share the answer in a minute. Full story ...