OK, Chicagoland (actually question is for all IL EV drivers who have EL plates); it's a quite rare occurrence to start of with (having only run across 1 other so far 'in the wild') but saw a BMW i8 today and it had ... drum roll please ... IL EL plates on it! (plate was 2565 EL to be specific).
These plates, as per the IL SOS site (link below) are for 100% electric powered cars and NOT PHEV's (like the Volt, C-Max Energi, BMW i3 REx, etc.) so perhaps they're relaxing the restriction a bit or this person has some clout? I would think that it perhaps was a Tesla to BMW trade-in or some other 'mistake' as the i8, although a fantastic car in its own right, can only run about 15 miles (EPA estimate) on 100% electricity, the rest of its range of course is gas powered.Definition (625 ILCS 5/12-805): “The owner of a motor vehicle of the first division or a motor vehicle of the second division weighing 8,000 pounds or less propelled by an electric engine and not utilizing motor fuel, may register such vehicle for a fee not to exceed $35 for a 2-year registration periodhttp://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/electric_vehicle.html
Car was spotted in Buffalo Grove cutting through the Shell station (but of course to avoid the long red light!) at Rt. 83 and Arlington Hts Rd.; I've got to keep my smart phone ready for any future sightings ...
Believe me, if I happen to trade my '12 LEAF for a PHEV in the future I'd love to exchange my low numbered EL plate to tout the fact that it at least runs partially on pure electricity so if they now 'waive' the 'affirmation' (see IL SOS site) that would be good news to Volt, i3 REx, etc. drivers as well (save a few bucks on license fees) ... the plate isn't pretty (plain white background with black letters) but only runs $35 for every two years versus $101 every year.