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Re: Chicagoland area

Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:01 am

redLEAF wrote:
EVftw wrote:
redLEAF wrote:Less than 3 weeks later; saw a red Tesla Model X late last night going into Harper College in Palatine sporting plate 5265 EL; for Tesla spotters, this was the later 'red multi-coat' color not the much earlier 'signature' dark red when they were first released late last year.


5808 EL on a silver Model S. We'll probably break 6 in a few months.


Actually, a bit more than a month; spotted a White Tesla Model X with the 22" black wheels near Harper College (might be a trend here, well paid professors or perhaps late career students; Model X starts at $85,500 -- those wheels put it up over $90K not including any other options?) with 6004 EL -- if this rate continues we might see 7000+ by this August. Once the Model 3 is available that could ramp these up significantly ... while not an absolute (a number of Tesla's sport vanity or special interest plates instead of the 'EL' series) at least it gives an indication that EV's are still selling (at least Tesla's are) in IL


Had a chance to take a quick photo this time -- spotted this new red Tesla Model S less than a month later with a registered EL plate almost 400 digits higher at 6383 so EV's in IL increasing at a much higher rate than expected (despite the fact that there are NO EV incentives anymore); most newer EV's I've seen have been Tesla's as of late -- a few BMW i3's and the very occasional 5K+ EL plated LEAF (some of these are newly registered used one's perhaps newly arrived from out of state) ... anyone see something higher? We' should see 7000 much sooner than later ... of course IL isn't the West coast with EV's in the tens of thousands but its encouraging despite the lack of incentives (and of course any 'used' EV's will skew the numbers a bit

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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed May 03, 2017 8:54 am

Received a call from Bill Kay Chevrolet in Lisle that they just received 8 Bolts last night! I am looking to replace my 2013 Leaf by the winter and will take one for a spin, but hold off on a vehicle till end of year when many more options will be released.

One item I despise with the Bolt is the lack of a heat pump, but it does have a giant battery.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Thu May 04, 2017 6:28 pm

Phatcat73 wrote:Received a call from Bill Kay Chevrolet in Lisle that they just received 8 Bolts last night! I am looking to replace my 2013 Leaf by the winter and will take one for a spin, but hold off on a vehicle till end of year when many more options will be released.

One item I despise with the Bolt is the lack of a heat pump, but it does have a giant battery.


I went there today. Tom Murphy was happy to show me these Bolts. I learned that they actually had to buy it from another CA dealer since GM won't give them anything. I asked if he knew anything about them. But he honestly shook his head and told me that he knew very little about them and that the furthest he's test driven them is to the back of the parking lot to move it.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Fri May 12, 2017 4:40 am

EVftw wrote:
Phatcat73 wrote:Received a call from Bill Kay Chevrolet in Lisle that they just received 8 Bolts last night! I am looking to replace my 2013 Leaf by the winter and will take one for a spin, but hold off on a vehicle till end of year when many more options will be released.

One item I despise with the Bolt is the lack of a heat pump, but it does have a giant battery.


I went there today. Tom Murphy was happy to show me these Bolts. I learned that they actually had to buy it from another CA dealer since GM won't give them anything. I asked if he knew anything about them. But he honestly shook his head and told me that he knew very little about them and that the furthest he's test driven them is to the back of the parking lot to move it.


I don't think this car was from Bill Kay Chevy (had WI plates and no dealer sticker or license frame) but quite a rare sighting here in the Midwest; other than the Chicago Auto Show its the first I've ever seen. This one had leather seats, etc. so upscale version -- to be honest fairly anonymous (looks like just about any other 5-door economy hatchback); simply doesn't scream out its an EV like the first gen-LEAF. With an MSRP of $43,775 (this one was fully loaded) it will be interesting to see what you can get at this price point with a Tesla Model 3 (plus hard to put a price tag on access to their Supercharger network vs. the hodgepodge of DC chargers that you would need to search out for the Bolt for any trip beyond say a 120 mile of your home). Doubt it was discounted out this way as well but still qualifies for the Fed Tax Credit; I would wonder just how fast these depreciate after a year or two -- perhaps the big range boost will help it some vs. our strictly 'commuter' EV's, we'll see !

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Re: Chicagoland area

Tue May 16, 2017 6:58 pm

Hodgepodge for sure and one never knows if it is working or occupied.

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