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Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:21 am
by redLEAF
redLEAF wrote:
redLEAF wrote:
redLEAF wrote:Quick update on Illinois 'EL' plate sightings ... drum roll please ... the 7000 plateau has been reached by a Chevy Bolt !

New Chevy Bolt sporting plate 7004 EL was spotted in the North Shore area of Chicago 'burbs yesterday; once Tesla Model 3's start showing up would imagine that we'll quickly pass the 8000 mark as well .. my prediction that we would see this level by August came true ! Of course its simply one data element as we see vanity and 'regular' plates on IL EV's as well.
Illinois EL plates sighted recently passed the 7600 mark (lately all 7K+ numbered plates I've seen have been on Tesla's - go figure?); anyone see anything higher?

I would wonder how much longer (you know they'll change it --- state is looking to boost revenues) they'll offer these discounted plates to cars that don't pay any gas taxes ... the EL plates are the last incentive that is still offered in Chicagoland; we saw the demise of the IL EV 10% rebate along with the 50% EVSE one; IL must think that the local market is simply saturated with EV owners (not)
8000 mark has been passed -- saw 8054 EL just last week -- was on a Tesla Model S, so that's about 3 months and about 400 or so new EV's (again, not an exact science; some IL new EV owners get one of the many special issue or vanity plates, etc.). Let's see how fast we get to the 9000 level.
That didn't last long --- most Model 3's I've seen 'in the wild' (only a very few) have all sported the yellow paper temp tags issued in IL -- saw a blue one yesterday that had an EL plate quickly approaching 8200 mark -- let's see how quick we get to 9000

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:35 am
by r1234567
Do they let you sit in the Model 3? We have a day 1 reservation but most likely are buying the Honda Clarity as we don't want to wait a year. Our other concern is that my husband may be too tall for the 3. He's too tall for the Volt, Volvo, and Prius.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:09 pm
by djkjmuoh
r1234567 wrote:Do they let you sit in the Model 3? We have a day 1 reservation but most likely are buying the Honda Clarity as we don't want to wait a year. Our other concern is that my husband may be too tall for the 3. He's too tall for the Volt, Volvo, and Prius.

If by "THEY" you mean Tesla and if by this post you mean "Does the Tesla store let you sit in the Model 3 if you visit the Gold Coast Location that has one on display?" Then the answer is yes! :-). Sit in, open doors, frunks, and trunks, play with the screen, have a ball!

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:30 am
by r1234567
Thanks! We will go down and check out the Model 3.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:51 pm
by oz10k
Just got my plates, 9201.

Any places you recommend for service, or recommend avoiding? I'm open to dealerships or independent shops.

Thanks,
Ron

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:10 pm
by redLEAF
oz10k wrote:Just got my plates, 9201.

Any places you recommend for service, or recommend avoiding? I'm open to dealerships or independent shops.

Thanks,
Ron
Congrats on the LEAF, actually came across another new Tesla, this time a Model X with 98xx EL plate so 10000 can’t be far away. As far as service, EV’s don’t need much - I believe your LEAF still needs the annual traction battery check at a Nissan dealer, not all of them will service them so check your local before assuming. While I had mine for 5 years only replaced the OEM tires as most others have - favorite tire shop did that, otherwise the Nissan dealer I bought it from did the annual battery check - first 3 were free. Best of luck with it !

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:58 pm
by djkjmuoh
redLEAF wrote:
oz10k wrote:Just got my plates, 9201.

Any places you recommend for service, or recommend avoiding? I'm open to dealerships or independent shops.

Thanks,
Ron
Congrats on the LEAF, actually came across another new Tesla, this time a Model X with 98xx EL plate so 10000 can’t be far away. As far as service, EV’s don’t need much - I believe your LEAF still needs the annual traction battery check at a Nissan dealer, not all of them will service them so check your local before assuming. While I had mine for 5 years only replaced the OEM tires as most others have - favorite tire shop did that, otherwise the Nissan dealer I bought it from did the annual battery check - first 3 were free. Best of luck with it !


Yeah... service???? What's that? LOL. Go to the dealership and hunt for dealer coupons online or via their service department e-mail lists. I find dealer coupons for tire rotations occasionally for $9.95 - $19.95 and some other dealer service coupons for "$10 off or $15 off any service." It's funny since the service is not going to cost much anyway (at most a cabin air filter for like $69. You can tell they don't think about the LEAF when issuing those coupons but there's usually no "fine print" disclaimers.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:56 am
by redLEAF
redLEAF wrote:
oz10k wrote:Just got my plates, 9201.

Any places you recommend for service, or recommend avoiding? I'm open to dealerships or independent shops.

Thanks,
Ron
Congrats on the LEAF, actually came across another new Tesla, this time a Model X with 98xx EL plate so 10000 can’t be far away. As far as service, EV’s don’t need much - I believe your LEAF still needs the annual traction battery check at a Nissan dealer, not all of them will service them so check your local before assuming. While I had mine for 5 years only replaced the OEM tires as most others have - favorite tire shop did that, otherwise the Nissan dealer I bought it from did the annual battery check - first 3 were free. Best of luck with it !
IL passed the 10000 EL plate mark it looks like towards the end of Sept -- not surprised it was on a Tesla Model 3; plate 10018 -- expect to see many more as have been passing a lot of M3's with IL yellow temp tags lately; its been great to see the increases in EV's in the Midwest despite the lack of local incentives (other than these 'EL' plates) -- I'm sure others have seen higher numbers as well by now

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:31 am
by Dino
just got my model 3 last week. I love it. It's got temp tags until my old (3067EL) tags get transferred.

After 75,000 miles I'm going to miss my sweet Leaf, I've enjoyed driving it all those years.

Re: Chicagoland area

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:54 am
by redLEAF
redLEAF wrote:
redLEAF wrote:
oz10k wrote:Just got my plates, 9201.

Any places you recommend for service, or recommend avoiding? I'm open to dealerships or independent shops.

Thanks,
Ron
Congrats on the LEAF, actually came across another new Tesla, this time a Model X with 98xx EL plate so 10000 can’t be far away. As far as service, EV’s don’t need much - I believe your LEAF still needs the annual traction battery check at a Nissan dealer, not all of them will service them so check your local before assuming. While I had mine for 5 years only replaced the OEM tires as most others have - favorite tire shop did that, otherwise the Nissan dealer I bought it from did the annual battery check - first 3 were free. Best of luck with it !
IL passed the 10000 EL plate mark it looks like towards the end of Sept -- not surprised it was on a Tesla Model 3; plate 10018 -- expect to see many more as have been passing a lot of M3's with IL yellow temp tags lately; its been great to see the increases in EV's in the Midwest despite the lack of local incentives (other than these 'EL' plates) -- I'm sure others have seen higher numbers as well by now
Just 20 more days and saw a few more 'EL' plates now above the 10150 level ... 2 Model 3's and a Model S; makes you wonder how long IL will keep the price down; as all of these renew 12/2019 will be interesting to see just how many new EV reservations get added before then. In the last 6 months have only really seen a single new body style LEAF on the road but appears to be LOTS of used ones (can tell by Carmax stickers and/or other non-Nissan license frames) out and about -- count could be off as most EV's coming off lease in IL don't get to transfer their EL plates to another car unless they get permission from the leasing company and simply don't bother with the hassle (just like the car, the person leasing doesn't own the right to the plate either unless they of course buy the car at lease end).