Although the origins of the provision are unclear, it could be a boon to North Dakota-based NEV manufacturer Global Electric Motorcars, a division of Chrysler.
Note the tasteful choice of crash test dummy.
The Stimulus plan proposes that the government buy $3Million worth of these things for some unspecified purpose. If we're lucky, the government will require all senators and congressmen and cabinet members to drive the things to work on a daily basis.
On the freeway.
When I am dictator, the Department of Transportation will be reduced to a small advisory group to the Justice department's prosecution of the Teamsters, Amtrak will be sold on e-bay, and carpool lanes will be illegal. Persons wishing to complain must drive one of there across Montana, solo, in the winter before presenting petition.