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Clean Air Vehicle stickers

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by vfx, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    #1 vfx, Oct 25, 2007
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    This was something I just roughed togeather as an Avatar but it might make a good sales item for the Tesla store.

    At least it's a better than the lame one the CA DMV makes us put on our cars.

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    I like it!

    I keep thinking how hard it would be to bring yourself to stick any kind of carpool stickers on the beautiful roadster.

    The only white vehicle I have ever owned is the RangerEV I bought, and I was willing to accept white because it makes the EV carpool stickers blend in nicely.

    Lets see what Arnold does with his Roadster! Perhaps they will have special "commemorative edition" carpool stickers that just happen to be in Tesla colors!

    (Or maybe he and Maria get carpool access regardless of what they are driving?)
     
  3. vfx

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    For those not in California, this is what we have to put on our Electric Vehicles. Three of them go on the car's back and rear sides.

    These things are big, at about five inches across. When you look at a car with them plastered on they look like some zealot machine with their crazy message stickers all over the back of their ride.

    We deface our cars so we can drive in the far left Carpool or "Diamond" lane normally reserved for a cars with two or more passengers.
     

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    #4 TEG, Oct 26, 2007
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    Those horizontal words are "holographic" and only show faintly at certain angles.

    On a white vehicle, the EV badges don't stand out as much as they do on a dark vehicle.
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    For Hybrid cars, the stickers are yellow which don't blend in as well
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  5. Laurent

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    Is anyone planning on putting the Clean Air Vehicle stickers on their roadster ? According to the instructions, you're supposed to put the 2 large ones on the sides (behind the rear wheel) and the small ones on the front and rear bumpers. Given the shape of the car, I don't think that the small sticker on the rear bumper will be necessary (although the CHP might disagree...). I personally wouldn't mind being able to use the HOV lane whenever possible so I'll probably put the stickers on the car even though they don't look great (better white than yellow). I'll use 3M film just in case I need to move them or remove them later on.

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  6. graham

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    Of course I plan to use them! One of the benefits of spending the money on a pure EV! And without the quota that the yellow hybrid stickers have.

    I remember when the RAV4 EV came out, many owners were unhappy with the aesthetics of marring their bumper with the sticker - but everyone I knew put it on anyway. The benefits outweigh the ugliness.
     
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    If I had one of these cars I would just keep the stickers in it's hypothetical glove box.

    When pulled over I would present the stickers to the officer with the question:


    "Would you?"
     
  8. Martin

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    I'm totally stressed about the stickers. I will probably decide when the stickers actually arrive. Why do they need so many big, ugly stickers? Why not a window sticker? Or a different-colored license plate?
     
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    #9 dpeilow, Jul 21, 2008
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    I smell a Tesla rebellion coming on!

    Perhaps discretely placed in the corner of the front and back windows - like our UK road tax discs - would be acceptable.

    Is this policed by real cops or some kind of camera system?

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    Sounds like you need a vacation ! :wink:

    If you don't have the stickers on the car and you get stopped, you can always tell the officer "Dude, I invented the friggin Tesla Roadster. Have you heard of it?" the way Steve Jobs would ! :biggrin:
     
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    Nobody claimed that governments were good at dong anything aesthetic. Special EV plates in place of the stickers would be better.

    I'm probably not going to put the stickers on.

    Yes, it would be nice to be Steve, and get away with a barcode for the license plate.
     
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    Interesting, that as ugly as the stickers are, that on low end vehicles that they actually increase the value of hybrid cars.

    It seems to be a loss or a wash on a high end EV.
     
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    I wonder if he has a Roadster on order. Maybe he'd rather keep his SL55 AMG...
     
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    Oh... I hope not.

    I will never be able to charge mine at work if he is always hogging up the electric charging parking spots!
     
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    In Norway we use a AA12345 license plate system and there the letters EL (for "elektrisk") is reserved for electric cars. It makes it a lot easier driving in the HOV lane.

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    We have Vanity Plates on which we can request a personalized plate with 2 to 6 or 7 letters and/or numbers to spell what we want (within reason).

    A colored plate would be the way to go so Roadster drivers can keep their TESLA08 plates intact.

    Actually there are many California plate designs and the extra money you pay for each goes to a cause. California Special Interest License Plates

    I suggest a design with a lightning bolt across it with the extra paid funds going to a related green cause like solar or wind generation of energy or smog reduction.
     
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    Yeah my point was that this should be something that DMV offers instead of the really really silly HOV stickers. Different color or symbol or whatever you like, blinking LEDs for all I care :) The point is that the DMV shouldn't require you to blanket your car with stickers, that's just plain silly IMHO (or maybe not that humble).

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    Could not agree more with you Cobos. Silly is the best way to describe those stickers. There is no way I will put them on my roadster (next year). I'd rather "forward creep" down the freeway. It will give more people time to gawk at my car anyway.

    And Martin, for what it's worth, please don't deface your beautiful car with those things!

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    I'll second that motion!

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