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Energy Efficient Plate Program

The Energy Efficient Plate Program has reached its maximum limit of 10,000 vehicles.

Plate issuance has been suspended until further notice. ADOT will continue to update the list of eligible vehicles pending resumption of the 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. Program participants are issued a special Energy Efficient license plate with a "Hybrid" graphic. Qualifying vehicles are assessed the standard vehicle license tax.

This plate is available with the disability symbol to qualified applicants at no additional charge. An Energy Efficient Plate Application is required.

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. No new applications are being accepted at this time, but customers currently in the program can transfer their plate to another qualifying vehicle that they own. 

Qualifying Vehicles

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

See if your vehicle qualifies.

Vehicle Make and Model Vehicle Model Year(s)
BMW - i3 Range Extender (REX) 2014, 2015
BMW - i8 2015
Cadillac - ELR 2014, 2015, 2016
Chevrolet Volt 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Fisker Automotive Karma 2012
Ford C-MAX Energi 2013, 2014, 2015
Ford Fusion Energi 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid 2014
Porsche - 918 Spyder 2015
Porsche - Cayenne S E-Hybrid 2015, 2016
Porsche - Panamera S E-Hybrid 2014, 2015, 2016
Toyota Prius Plug-In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

All eligible vehicles must be on a qualifying list published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 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.

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.

  • Electric Vehicle: If you have a vehicle that is totally electric powered, with no other supporting fuel supply, your vehicle is an alternative fuel vehicle and is eligible for reduced vehicle license tax and an alternative fuel plate, which allows you unlimited access to the HOV lanes. There are currently no limitations on the number of these plates that are issued.

From the ADOT Blog

No new plates, but list of vehicles qualifying for the Energy Efficient Plate Program has been updated

September 4, 2015

The list of vehicles that qualify for the Energy Efficient Plate Program has expanded to include some 2016 models. Full story ...

Availability of energy-efficient vehicle license plates has ended

May 6, 2015

The availability of energy-efficient license plates for owners of qualified vehicles has ended as the maximum number of plate applications has been reached. Full story ...

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 ...