With all the new electric cars hitting the streets in the next few years, the potential for vanity plate fun is endless. The Nissan Leaf is the type of car that screams for its own special message and some great ideas are surfacing for the 6 or 7 letter/number combinations available at the local DMV.
Whether the meaning is eschewed or easy reading, funny or heartfelt, the plates usually reflect enthusiasm for a cause, profession, or just the type of car it's attached to. For me, I like my vanity plates to be easy to decipher because, while driving, I become easily confused or discouraged when I see a difficult one that completely stumps me. My cousin just posted one on Facebook from Alaska - VLDMRT - He had to finally tell me it meant "Voldemort" of Harry Potter fame.
So, on a recent post on Nissan's Leaf Facebook page, some Leaf enthusiasts posted their plates and some great ideas.
My favorites of the plates that are bolted to Nissan Leafs now are:
It's funny, true and shockingly simple. Thankfully, because of the sealed UL-listed SAE J1772 charging units, this will not be the outcome of getting a charge.
Hilarious reference to Nissan on this California plate. For those who remember the Nissan-Datsun transitional years, it's clever. To those who owned a Datsun, it's history.
It's both a pop culture salutation and a dictate for our age. C'mon now people, get your Watt together!
This one speaks for itself when placed on an electric car. Gas, and its constantly rising cost, does kind of suck. Just saying.
Although I wouldn't call this one clever, it does answer a question I get about my Leaf quite often, "Is it a hybrid?" Answer: "Nope."
The Leaf's Facebook followers came up with some good suggestions of their own:
IROBOT (Suggested by Bill Cernassky)
A very cool idea taken from the title of Isaac Asimov's futuristic sci-fi book of the same name and the 2004 movie with Will Smith. Let's hope the car will follow the three laws of robotics - which are all pro-human.
ZAPPED (suggested by Skip Loebig)
Yet another reference to the electric powering of the Leaf. Beyond shocked, there's the more fun and less damaging 'zapped.'
IBRK4KW (suggested by Traci Ference)
"I Brake for Kilowatts" is the translation. This one implies that she might not brake for gas-powered cars, but I'm sure she would, purely in pure self-defense.
TAKCHRG (suggested by Brandy D.)
Brandy is a take-charge person with her Leaf and she's suggesting others also take charge of their consumption and emissions.
RE-VOLT (suggested by Ed Hurtley)
With the competition this year between GM's Volt (not a 100% electric car) and the Nissan Leaf, this plate might have some cultural obsolescence built in, but it's a fun jab in the context of our current market.
NOPEC (suggested by C. Eric Kennedy)
Mr. Kennedy suggests you can go ahead and steal his idea and it's a good one. It's a punny stab at OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
GASX (suggested by Liz Rice Spears)
This one will take people a little by surprise when they first see it, but when they realize it's on an electric car, a big "Oh!" will replace the "What?"
It is yet to be seen if these plates would pass the DMV's litmus test of staying within the boundaries of "good taste and decency," but I think most of these will do just fine.
So, go ahead, check out your local DMV to see if your fantasy vanity plate is available in your state. I've decided to order mine here in California. It's HAL2011, of course. If it passes the evaluation, Hal will have his very own nametag.
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