redLEAF wrote:Went back through my earlier post ... it was actually 34xx and I had someone else in the car when we saw it on a Tesla, too fast to take a photo but we both saw it; remember that IL car dealer's (although Tesla doesn't operate quite like a dealer) will keep unregistered plates on hand now so it can be rare to see those yellow temporary tags unless the owner has applied for a vanity or special series, etc. when buying a new car. This could possibly be why the Tesla had a higher series number ... don't know but just a guess as they would all qualify for one. I did a quick search but couldn't find the other 'plate number spotter' post from someone else who saw a Tesla with a 3xxx plate but it was downtown Chicago. I don't believe these 'EL' series plates can be 'reserved' (like a vanity plate, etc.) but that could be a possibility I suppose with the right amount of clout.
An interesting side note -- starting to see a number of i3 series BMW's but NONE had 'EL' plates; perhaps all with ReX (gas range extender) which would disallow the 100% EV status (Volt's can't get them either)
Good point on the dealer directly putting plates on. Maybe EV-selling dealers have higher series numbers and the state kept some lower ones back for some reason. In any case, mine is 29xx, so it's still possible to get < 3000... but maybe not for long!
(EDIT: Got my physical plates today, and they are indeed the number that the Secretary of State's site said they'd be. Just took nearly a month to get here after they were assigned... pretty sure I could've walked to Springfield and back with them faster!)