SilverSL wrote:Azrich, thanks for the suggestion about contacting ADOT. I sent them the following and will post any reply I receive.
The Nissan Leaf that will start hitting our roads in December of 2010 will be a Battery Electric Plug-in only Vehicle. As such, it will have no internal combustion engine at all, and no exhaust pipe (zero emissions). Will there be a program initiated for this new class of vehicles that will encourage their early public acceptance? Possibly a program similar to what was offered to early adopters of hybrid gas/electric cars (Prius, Civic). Qualifying vehicles would be issued a special Alternative Fuel license plate affixed with a (PEV) decal. Vehicles that display the Energy Efficient plate would be allowed access to the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes regardless of the number of occupants. Also, these vehicles might be eligible for the reduced Vehicle License Tax (VLT). I would be interested to know if this is on ADOT’s agenda. I am considering buying a Nissan Leaf when they become available this December and an incentive plan would encourage me and others to adopt this new, cleaner technology.
Ken, please don't ask for stickers like the hybrids. Those have expired (had a limit of 10,000) and aren't in the same category as BEVs! Since I already have an AF plate (no decal) for my cng Honda Civic GX, I'm pretty sure that the BEV, since it is dedicated like mine, will be in the same category for alternative fuel. I'm planning on keeping my blue AF plate when I buy the LEAF. I see no problem. I read the AZ statute and the ALL electric is in the group with the dedicated cng cars. If you find out differently, please let me know. Thanks!