Hi Bzzzzz; you might be able to tell from my MNL signature -- LEAF got traded in on a (lightly) used VW e-Golf which was my placeholder until I took delivery of a new Tesla Model 3 (LEAF had lost a fair amount of range; even worse of course during the winter months, the VW e-Golf much less so); we also more recently added a second EV that's my wife's short commute car, a smart ED Brabus coupe -- still using the L2 Schneider EVlink charger that we had installed back in '11 for the LEAF but now for 2 EV's -- and lastly, majority of the time they're truly 100% emissions free as we charge them using our solar roof panel system.Bzzzzz wrote:Hi Red,
Are you still driving your Leaf? If I recall, you and I got ours within a day or two of each other back in 2011. Almost to year 7 here!
I've only lost 2 bars on the gauge. How is yours holding up?
Didn't take too long --- saw a new Model 3 sporting 1217x EL plates yesterday; already past the 12xxx level now ... heard that the IL SOS office that issues these is running behind, lots of new Tesla's out and about around Chicagoland as of late, have only seen perhaps 1 or 2 new LEAF's but a fair amount of used ones (most of which the new owner and/or the used car sales they bought them from has no clue about letting the new owner know about the reduced rate EV ('EL' series) plates available in IL --- still $35 for 2 years vs $101/yr for regular plates)Phatcat73 wrote:Picked up 115xx plates yesterday.
Had tried the whole alternate supplier stuff a number of years ago when they allowed you to "shop" for better rates -- did a bit better vs. ComEd when we had our first EV back in late '11 -- our LEAF bumped our usage about an extra $25 to $30 a month. Found the whole 'real time use' rates hard to follow and not sure if you could really save all that much overall -- too many calculations, etc. Settled on a fixed rate of around 6.49 as I seem to recall at the time; best bet would be to look back at your historical usage, add the extra for the EV and try to "predict" where rates will go -- not much fun!semjaza wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:20 pmHi all - new(ish) owner here. Picked up a sort of mid-life crisis car. Started out researching a used $10k Leaf and ended up coming home with a brand new Plus SL. Well, I can afford one impulse buy, and I will.
My energy bills have definitely shot up, despite not using my car much, $30/mo for the last three months higher than last year's bills for the same month. That adds color to the idea paying an ETF to break my current contract.
So we're on an "alternative" energy supplier locked in for 3 years at 7.49c/kWh flat rate.
I see on ComEd's hourly realtime pricing page that they quote live hourly rates (11pm) at 2.5c, and fixed "next day" at 6.723.
Am I really reading this right?
Fair to say, we do use a "wind power only" energy provider (so they say) so I expect it would cost a little bit more here in the midwest. No idea where they get their power from actually.
Sounds like I'd be better off breaking the alternative supplier contract (and paying the $50 ETF) and setting up with ComEd for supply again, then getting enrolled in the RRTP (hourly) program.
Am I thinking clearly or missing something?
Yes -- but 'mistakenly' in many cases is the dealer (like Audi and Jaguar with their newly minted 100% EV's) not even being aware of the IL EL plate program in the first place -- of the very few Audi e-tron's (have seen about a half-dozen) and even fewer Jaguar's (saw just two) NONE had EL plates on them, but have seen a BMW i8 (PHEV) and Kia Niro (the PHEV version not full-electric) with EL plates assigned just like a Chevy Volt, go figure? We have heard that although the EL plates will be more expensive than the current $35/two year renewal, the actual cost per year should be less than the equivalent regular plates for an ICE -- we'll see soon enough as all existing EL plates will renew this coming December so am waiting for my renewal notice from IL SOS to see if we get one more under the existing rules or they charge the new rates (technically we'll renew in 2019 and the new rates go into effect in January 2020). As far as those who have regular, vanity or special plates (Environmental, Route 66, etc.) who knows if they get an EV surcharge on top or simply be charged the going rate for the plate they have -- we'll all see soon enough (and actually that goes as well for our smart EV that has an Environmental plate on it -- I transferred that plate from the ICE smart we traded in -- renews in December)DougWantsALeaf wrote: ↑Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:23 amOne curiosity I have here in IL is whether the EVs that mistakenly received normal plates will be allowed to keep them and pay the lower rate or be forced into EV plates.
Vice versa, will the few Volts that somehow received EV plates now be forced back into normal plates.
Agreed on the extra $100 a year for EVs, though nationally that seems to be where things are going. Guess I just need to drive my Leaf more to make the extra fee feel worth it.