As we have so few news for Chicago, I'm going to continue to post here as I find anything relevant for the future LEAF owners that they may have not found themselves -- if the moderators have an issue I'm sure they'll let us know
In light of the recent cars.com comparison test (Focus ICE, LEAF, Volt and Train) I did a bit more digging into their blog and came across this interesting factoid -- cars.com bought their LEAF in TN and then apparently shipped, paid tax and registered it in IL. While that fact isn't so amazing, it is something that I'm planning to post a question/comment on as EVENTUALLY I hope to get my own. In IL, for many years, they've listed the registration and plates for EV's at a significant discount and at least when cars.com registered their Volt (which as we all know is NOT a pure electric) the fees were the same as they were for the LEAF:
'The Cyber Gray Metallic Volt is loaded, with the Premium Trim Package, a backup camera and front and rear sonar parking assist. With all the options and a destination charge, the $40,280 standard car came to $43,105. After taxes and a one-way registration from our dealership, Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, Calif., it came to $47,392.
Illinois registration and tagging added $241
Our Blue Ocean Leaf is the higher trim level, the SL, with a list price of $33,720. Options include the quick-charge port, a bumper protection package and floormats. Our out-the-door price at Action Nissan in Nashville, Tenn., was $36,014. That's before paying Illinois taxes of $2,611. Illinois registration and tagging will be the same $241.
Not sure how the $241 breaks down as the new title fee is $95 and new plates are $99 (if you want the title expedited its $30 and perhaps they went to a Currency Exchange which has their own fees) ... to register an EV in IL, the fee should only be $18/year or $35 for 2-years (Nissan even lists this benefit on the public LEAF site) so why are they the same?
http://www.nissanusa.com/ev/media/pdf/i ... ive-84.pdf