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Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:38 am
by redLEAF
Phatcat73 wrote:DMV will eventually catch-on. I had passenger plates a while back on a pick-up. I received a letter a few months later to replace the plates with truck plates.
That's one that's a fairly easy catch and probably something that they're (IL SOS) used to seeing and perhaps going after; this one perhaps not so much but we'll see. I see you're in Buffalo Grove, maybe you'll spot it as well ...

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:09 pm
by djkjmuoh
Did this happen to be a white i8 with some of the signature blue and black trim on it? If so, I bet I saw the same one "in the wild" on I-290/53 North heading from 355 & Lake St. toward the Woodfield area (not far from Buffalo Grove.) I wonder if and when and how they will catch on. Something tells me, they would have no clue, nor pay any attention to it!.


redLEAF wrote: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 period

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/depar ... hicle.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.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:49 am
by redLEAF
djkjmuoh wrote:Did this happen to be a white i8 with some of the signature blue and black trim on it? If so, I bet I saw the same one "in the wild" on I-290/53 North heading from 355 & Lake St. toward the Woodfield area (not far from Buffalo Grove.) I wonder if and when and how they will catch on. Something tells me, they would have no clue, nor pay any attention to it!.


redLEAF wrote: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).

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 ...
Yes, thats the one ... hard to miss

EDIT: she (saw the driver this time) must have started this commute recently as I saw her again this morning (6:30 AM local); too fast to take a photo, same route -- just like a lot of other Tesla / sports car drivers, no front plate but doubled check the back and read it correctly

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:32 am
by r1234567
I thought there are two versions of the i3, one that is all electric and one with a range extender. So if it's the basic version, why is there an issue with EL plates?

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:40 am
by redLEAF
r1234567 wrote:I thought there are two versions of the i3, one that is all electric and one with a range extender. So if it's the basic version, why is there an issue with EL plates?
That's true for the i3 but NOT the 2-seater i8 ... they're only offering a single PHEV version

Image

http://www.bmwusa.com/bmw/bmwi/i8

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:50 pm
by djkjmuoh
God that thing is sexy!

redLEAF wrote:
r1234567 wrote:I thought there are two versions of the i3, one that is all electric and one with a range extender. So if it's the basic version, why is there an issue with EL plates?
That's true for the i3 but NOT the 2-seater i8 ... they're only offering a single PHEV version

Image

http://www.bmwusa.com/bmw/bmwi/i8

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:22 am
by r1234567
Oops, I didn't realize there was an i8. What a great looking car.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:27 pm
by redLEAF
OK, didn't think this was simply a rare EV sighting but on my way home from work, passing through Buffalo Grove and saw a medium blue Toyota RAV4 EV with IL EL plates 2662. These are quite stealthy from the rear as you would totally miss the EV badges but this one still had the special CA CAV stickers on it ... so then, this peaks my interest to see what the going rate is on these and low and behold, this exact car is on autotrader ... very low miles but its a '13:

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale ... 1427&Log=0

What are the odds ... has to be one of perhaps less than nothing here in IL

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:54 pm
by djkjmuoh
Pretty sure I've seen this person check in to stations on PlugShare. I want to say I first noticed it when he checked into the Kane County Courthouse station I was planning to visit soon after he checked in. I messaged him on PlugShare and asked how he got his hands on a Rav4EV in IL and he simply replied Cars.com. Interesting. Wonder if it's him.

redLEAF wrote:OK, didn't think this was simply a rare EV sighting but on my way home from work, passing through Buffalo Grove and saw a medium blue Toyota RAV4 EV with IL EL plates 2662. These are quite stealthy from the rear as you would totally miss the EV badges but this one still had the special CA CAV stickers on it ... so then, this peaks my interest to see what the going rate is on these and low and behold, this exact car is on autotrader ... very low miles but its a '13:

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale ... 1427&Log=0

What are the odds ... has to be one of perhaps less than nothing here in IL

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:52 pm
by redLEAF
Once again, perhaps BMW's 'i'series get a pass from IL SOS but saw an oblivious i3 ReX driver (I would guess BMW drivers probably don't cross shop their potential EV's with our LEAF's, I mean come on there aren't many of us, I was right next to you!) but this i3 with the two obvious 'fuel' flaps on the passenger side had EL plates 3116. I almost thought ALL i3's get both fuel filler doors but saw photos of some without the range extender with just the rear flap for the charge port. I mean it's great we're seeing even more EL plates in the 3,000 series but if Volts or C-Max Energis or Prius Plug-ins can't get them because they also use gas, then neither should these Bimmers. If this is the case down the road, perhaps I'll be able to transfer my low numbered EL plate to my new VW Cross Blue Coupe with its diesel plug-in when they finally get to the U.S. In late '17 or early '18.