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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:12 am

JohnOver wrote:Thanks. It was a shot in the dark... All I could tell was that it was not a 2013 (old wheels).
Only the SL has the premium wheels. The easiest way of checking if it's a 2013 is by looking for the side markers on the front fenders, as those got removed in the 2013MY.

I actually started working on a guide which helps you figure out what kind of car you are dealing with (not complete yet, but the LEAF section is):

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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:22 pm

hyperlexis wrote:
redLEAF wrote:
JohnOver wrote:I'm visiting Chicago (on business) and just got back to the hotel after a nice dinner at the Tavern on the Park. I noticed a silver LEAF with Illinois license plate: A71 4489 parked outside the restaurant. Is the owner of this LEAF on the forum?
Most (but certainly not all) Chicago area LEAF's will typically sport the 'EL' (IL electric vehicle) series plates ... the plate you listed was more than likely just a 'regular' plate transfer so perhaps doubtful anyone here -- but, I have seen a few '13's (telltale sign are those in the new Gray or with the new wheels) and they also have the 'regular' plates so perhaps a lurker who hasn't signed up for the forum yet
It's amazing -- our state has special plates for every stupid cause or notion under the sun (I'll refrain for pointing fingers), universities, fraternities, and social clubs... All with pretty, colorful graphics and artwork on them.

But for its 'special' EV plates, they look worse than anything out there save municipal plates or taxi or DL dealer plates. And no choice of numbers/letters. Just plain dark text with "EL" after the numbers. Nothing else. Someone in the Sec. of State's office who hates EVs must have been laughing when these were being thought up. Come on guys, this was the best you could do? When we have a license with a fish on it????? A puppy and kitten plate????? EVs couldn't even get a lightening bolt, or a battery or something? Sheesh!

People should complain to Jesse White's office. Great price on the EV plates, but so ugly.
Your last sentence says it all ... to keep the price down, they made it quite simple and 'bland' ... heard from a forum member whose new 'EL' plate was in the 900's so perhaps we'll pass 1K pretty soon --- the latest crop of EV's didn't really start making a dent until about half-way through the 200's getting assigned (most earlier ones were one-off conversions) so numbers are still relatively low compared to the west coast and other areas.
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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:07 pm

lion wrote:
JohnOver wrote:Thanks. It was a shot in the dark... All I could tell was that it was not a 2013 (old wheels).
Only the SL has the premium wheels. The easiest way of checking if it's a 2013 is by looking for the side markers on the front fenders, as those got removed in the 2013MY.

I actually started working on a guide which helps you figure out what kind of car you are dealing with (not complete yet, but the LEAF section is):

How to Spot an Electric Vehicle in the Wild

Nice start -- you'll also need to add the smart fortwo electric drive as NYS is getting theirs now ...

http://www.smartusa.com/models/electric ... rview.aspx

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums ... ndex4.html
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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:52 pm

Your last sentence says it all ... to keep the price down, they made it quite simple and 'bland' ... heard from a forum member whose new 'EL' plate was in the 900's so perhaps we'll pass 1K pretty soon --- the latest crop of EV's didn't really start making a dent until about half-way through the 200's getting assigned (most earlier ones were one-off conversions) so numbers are still relatively low compared to the west coast and other areas.

Oh come on that's really a stretch! The taxi and dealer plates are just as bland and ugly yet not nearly as cheap as the EV plates. They made these EV plates bland because some dumb-ss without any thought or creativity in the SOS office did so just because. How much would it have cost for a basic design for an EV plate, and to then manufacture them, like other states have done? Likely not millions and millions.... Certainly not an overly significant cost issue. Or perhaps it was a downstate GOP decision? ...Yeah we'll make an EV plate because the legislature ordered them produced, but we certainly don't have to make them desireable.... Typical Springfield infighting.

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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:36 am

hyperlexis wrote:
Your last sentence says it all ... to keep the price down, they made it quite simple and 'bland' ... heard from a forum member whose new 'EL' plate was in the 900's so perhaps we'll pass 1K pretty soon --- the latest crop of EV's didn't really start making a dent until about half-way through the 200's getting assigned (most earlier ones were one-off conversions) so numbers are still relatively low compared to the west coast and other areas.

Oh come on that's really a stretch! The taxi and dealer plates are just as bland and ugly yet not nearly as cheap as the EV plates. They made these EV plates bland because some dumb-ss without any thought or creativity in the SOS office did so just because. How much would it have cost for a basic design for an EV plate, and to then manufacture them, like other states have done? Likely not millions and millions.... Certainly not an overly significant cost issue. Or perhaps it was a downstate GOP decision? ...Yeah we'll make an EV plate because the legislature ordered them produced, but we certainly don't have to make them desireable.... Typical Springfield infighting.
Maybe the owner of plate #1 EL had something to do with it ... (John Cullerton -- IL Senate President -- and yes, that's a Tesla S sedan)

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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:10 am


Maybe the owner of plate #1 EL had something to do with it ... (John Cullerton -- IL Senate President -- and yes, that's a Tesla S sedan)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chitrainfa ... 4359923648

See http://cars.chicagotribune.com/fuel-eff ... k-20130627" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Cullerton is a Dem and apparently he was swayed by the new Tesla's range to buy into EVs and chargers.

I'm going to contact his office and see what he thinks about making the plate a tad nicer in aesthetics.

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Re: New Leaf's in the Chicago land area

Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:45 pm

hyperlexis wrote:
Your last sentence says it all ... to keep the price down, they made it quite simple and 'bland' ... heard from a forum member whose new 'EL' plate was in the 900's so perhaps we'll pass 1K pretty soon --- the latest crop of EV's didn't really start making a dent until about half-way through the 200's getting assigned (most earlier ones were one-off conversions) so numbers are still relatively low compared to the west coast and other areas.

Oh come on that's really a stretch! The taxi and dealer plates are just as bland and ugly yet not nearly as cheap as the EV plates. They made these EV plates bland because some dumb-ss without any thought or creativity in the SOS office did so just because. How much would it have cost for a basic design for an EV plate, and to then manufacture them, like other states have done? Likely not millions and millions.... Certainly not an overly significant cost issue. Or perhaps it was a downstate GOP decision? ...Yeah we'll make an EV plate because the legislature ordered them produced, but we certainly don't have to make them desireable.... Typical Springfield infighting.

You would rather have a background of a belching coal fired power plant..or a reactor leaking radio active fluid into the rivers..or a fracking operation in the Dakota's wrecking the roads and ground water..or high voltage lines marching across the states..???

How about something "clean," like the plates we now have. Like the car..."No Emissions."

Personally, I like the EL plates. No BS graphics. Just clean. Black on white. Big letters. Easy to see and read. Love the EL. Hope they don't change it.

My 2 cents.

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