• Jul 20th 2010 at 2:58PM
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LOL OIL Tesla Roadster – Click above for high-res image

Sometimes, all you need to make your point are six little letters: LOL OIL. Put them on your all-electric Tesla Roadster and you've got the perfect vanity plate/micro tweet for cruising down the road. Given the Internet-friendly, green-minded nature of the license plate, it's no surprise that a picture of this car would eventually get noticed online. The one above was taken on Highway 5 in Orange County. Just uploading a picture of this car isn't enough, though, since lovelylor, on Flickr, snapped the car back in January. That picture didn't get widespread attention. Now, thanks to Digg and a lot of help from smirking fans, we can all laugh at oil right along with the driver. Anyone know him/her? Thanks to Daniel L. for the tip!

[Source: Digg, Imgur via Engadget]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Paulwesterberg-- I'm really bad at those, what does that Bukfosh stand for? I do see the word Bush in there.

      @fnc-- You can get 69 in a plate, as long as the car is a 1969 model, but nothing else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is another black Tesla in LA with the plate
      CYA OPEC

      The orange one belongs to Chronopublish
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good thing he doesn't use grease to lubricate any moving parts, or any kind of plastic, or...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "But the smugness is out of proportion to reality, and that turns off people like me"

        So, are you saying that you were about to buy an electric car, but because of this guy being smug about driving past gas stations, now you're not?

        That kind of griping really turns off people like me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike!ekim: No, it isn't, but it's never going to replace cars that are sold by the millions, either. How many Teslas have been sold now? Less than 1100. While I like what they are doing, this tendency of people to act like the Tesla is anything other than a low-volume toy is a distraction.

        Paul: nope. While I would love to own one, I live in Baltimore with no garage, so I'm fine with my 10-year-old car, thanks. By "vanity" I meant that it's not an engineering achievement so much as it is a toy that Elon Musk got built largely through force of will, out of a Lotus Elise and a bunch of laptop batteries. If it were a "real" car, then they probably wouldn't've had to replace all the transmissions of the first batch.

        Chris M: yes, but still used, and regardless, irrelevant either way. Ford has soy foam seats; if they put those in all their cars and trucks, they're making a much bigger difference than Tesla ever will, even if they stop slipping deadlines and blowing vapor.

        I guess the overall problem here is that I made a valid and straightforward comment, and then a bunch of people jumped all over me screaming "A WITCH!!! BURN HIM!!!"

        And that, too, is why the Tesla will not save the world. But those of you who think it can, have a great time. Me, I'm going to go read about more useful things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All right guys, calm down. You don't even need to fear global warming to see that our rate of oil consumption is harmful to politics, economy, global peace, the environment, etc. Therefore we, as a country, and the world as a whole, need to work on drastically reducing that consumption.

        Do Tesla cars make a significant difference? Not directly. There isn't enough of them. Ford's turbo chargers will make a bigger impact. It's the indirect impact that will set Tesla's place in history. GM failed at the EV-1, not because of corporate politics or bad design, but because the battery technology wasn't ready for the job. Despite this fact, fingers were pointed and conspiracy theories were circulated, but in the end, the dream of gas free cars died for a time.

        Years later, laptop & cell phone manufacturers work out the snags in Lithium batteries. Remember the laptops that would burst into flames? They figured out a fix.

        In comes Tesla at just the right time, when th batteries were ready. They haven't produced as many roadsters as Toyota has produced Camrys, and the company has yet to be profitable. But now the electric car dream has been revived. Now car makers and battery makers are scrambling to fulfill that dream, and to hopefully make a profit doing so.

        Do people pay $100,000 for an electric car just to show off and be smug? Maybe sometimes, but why should we care? If their smugness helps to change the industry for the better, then I say, "Good for them. They worked hard to earn the money to buy that car."

        So eventually Tesla may be crushed under the weight of the Leafs and the Volts, and all the other electric cars being developed right now. Or maybe they will keep their niche market, making a profit by selling the finest electric sportscars. Maybe, just maybe, they have a chance at growing into a sustainable company, a significant American manufacturer with a wide line of electric cars. In any way, the Tesla name will hold a significant place in automotive history.
        • 5 Years Ago
        - a 100K Vanity EV is not a 500 HP Mustang, Corvette, Charger, Camaro, F150, F250, etc, sucking down Gas as if this was 1959.

        It's one less reason for the US to Lust after Iran's Oil, and put us into an un-winable, three country war, with an Army already stretched thin in two countries.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Now we're getting to the REAL point you're trying to make.

        The "$100K+ vanity car" makes you envious... everything else you've said is BS! LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        The amount of petroleum used to make the plastic parts, probably less than a barrel.
        The amount of petroleum used to make the lubricants and greases, less than a pint.

        Hey, your average gasser uses more petroleum just to manufacture them, and a heckova lot more petroleum to fuel it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        or ... seat foam, seat covers, tires, hoses, tubes, ducts, etc, vinyl tops, weatherstripping, paint, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike!!ekiM: well, that sort of "defiance" is only available to people that can afford a $100K+ vanity car. And how is buying the Leaf, a Japanese car, reducing our dependence on foreign powers? How much of the Tesla is manufactured outside California?

        Those 1-2-year old cars had nothing wrong with them, and probably only pushed out other, less fashionable 3-4-year old cars. You'll be shocked to learn that affluent people selling their used cars get as close as possible to Blue Book, which does not fit the budget of the kind of people that can afford "clunkers".

        Rob: precisely, thank you.

        GoodCheer: Not at all. I am saying that I would buy an electric car if I had the money, and a garage to charge it in, and traveled less than 40 miles a day. I actually walk to work, so it doesn't much matter what I drive, but there's no way (under current infrastructure) that I could remotely consider a pure electric car that all but requires reliable owned parking, ie: the suburbs.

        I fully support the Volt, a practical solution to everyone's problems, from a car company with a 100-year track record of selling in volume, that does not bill itself as being powered by unicorn farts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jwer your actually right about this one. Sad to say but there are Green trolls who spite any valid argument. Your damn toothbrush is made out of oil. And okay yea, you don't need to make plastics from oil. But who the hell is making it from methane for mass production? please tell me. no? then stfu.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plastic (polyproylene and polyethylene) can be made from di methyl ether, made in turn from methanol, derived from biomass. Rather than petroleum.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where you see "smugness", I see "Defiance" of the Exxon-Saudi-US-Government-Fox-News Establishment's Rock Solid Position to DO NOTHING.

        Those 1 to 2 year old cars went into the Used Car Market, and pushed out old clunkers to the Junk Yards they Belong In. A Net Positive for All.

        You're now breathing cleaner air, and there's less Demand Pressure on Your price of gas, making room for a Gas Tax to Rebuild America's Roads and Bridges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can be, just like electricity can be made from something other than coal. But the smugness is out of proportion to reality, and that turns off people like me, who would love to see us out of the oil business as soon as possible.

        All the people in the neighborhood next to mine rushed out to buy Priuses as soon as they could, but what of their discarded 1- or 2-year old cars? And what of the fact that they let a decent neighborhood supermarket die because they would rather drive to the Whole Foods than, gasp, WALK to a SuperFresh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      On one hand i feel like.... right on, dude!
      On the other hand i feel like.. hey, that's not fair, i want off oil too! but i don't have $100k like you do O_O
        • 5 Years Ago
        Better the US Fund Innovators instead of: ( another I word goes here ).


        China is now the world's largest consumer of energy. Exxon-Ford-BP still driving the US off a Cliff, in a 400 HP Taurus!

        If we don't have a Gas Shortage, Ford Will Make One.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chris, What "bill" are you talking about the taxpayers being "stuck" with on the Tesla loan?

        You mean the ~5% interest that Tesla will be PAYING you and I for borrowing that money from us? Is that what you are crying about, getting PAID?

        Are you trying to cry about the prospect of Tesla failing to repay the loan if they go bankrupt? You do understand that these loans are insured, don't you? You understand what "insured" means, right?

        Do you have any clue at all what you are talking about?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike, Ford is cleaning up their entire fleet, MPG/tech wise. They deserve to have a few sports cars :P

        400hp out of an already efficient v6 turbo.. that's not bad. It's better than putting a giant v8 in everything, which was Ford's previous M.O.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris, also note that the money is expressly NOT for the roadster. Tesla has to meet development milestones on cheaper cars to get the money. A lot of people seem to be confused about that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you had a tesla and wanted talk smack about EV performance you could get:
        HEMI LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have never heard about any handouts to Tesla. Only a loan. Loan =/= handout....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nevermind how that "bill" is only about $1 to begin with. You have ~120 million taxpayers to divide that bill by, you know.

        That is, if they don't repay the loan.

        That is, if the loan isn't insured.

        So stop whining. That $1 you personally paid Tesla could pay purely for the entertainment value you get out of seeing pretty pictures of Tesla Roadsters or Model S's being driven around by celebrities and bigwigs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny how companies like Tesla get millions of tax payer money to fund their stupid little operation, to produce cars for the rich, while we're stuck with the bill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, but that's how all new tech is. Taxpayers were paying to build roads in the 20's, when only the rich had cars. Ultimately, the benefit will trickle down to the lower-middle class folk.

        The only problem i have is with EV people who demonise gas car drivers. The reality is that most people would go electric if given the chance. An electric car is just so much easier to deal with; no smoke, no fluids to change, 'fuel' is cheap, etc.

        It's the 'i got it and you don't' attitude that bugs me. Other than that... party on, wayne.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Better having the money go to Tesla vs. FORD's Mustangs and Explorer's, etc.
        Better for the world to See and Drive the FUTURE Today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      at Mike!!ekiM,
      You have a huge axe to grind with Ford? I read through these comments and you make it sound as though Ford itself is responsible for OPEC, the deficit, global warming, WWII....anything else they caused? The article isn't even about Ford anyways. If you have a problem with a manufacturer you should equally lay blame to them all...Toyota has as many big gas hogs as Ford, etc. If Honda sold a pick-up truck it would get bad MPG too...oh wait they do, and it does get bad MPG.
      Bill Ford and Alan Mullaly have both gone on record as saying they would prefer a higher gas tax so they could plan products better for the market in XX years. That sounds like a company that wants to promote a future of less oil dependency. An example of that is the new V-6 F-150. Anyways, you could always purchase a hybrid from Ford now, or when the electric Focus comes out next year I'm sure you'll buy one to show your support for clean energy. Just do yourself a favor and open your eyes...it's not only Ford that produces trucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was thinking five letters:

        • 5 Years Ago
        Thumbs up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL at my math fail.

        I can't imagine this getting past the DMV. I've heard they won't even let you get the numbers 6 and 9 next to each other in any combo out there in Cali.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love it, but I wonder if the DMV would let that go through...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently EF-OPEC was issued in New Jersey:
        • 5 Years Ago
        That might be a little obvious even for dmv workers. How bout this:

        I once checked with the DMV to see if I could get BUKFUSH as my license plate. They said the plate was available, but I never ordered it because I was afraid my car would get keyed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, not to be picky, but that's six letters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Way before I saw this, I've spent a lot of useless time imagining what my own vanity plate would say in such a case. Let's just say the flex fuel minivan isn't really cool enough to rate a vanity plate...

      For an electric car:
      PUR NRG

      For a flex fuel vehicle:
      E85 M85

      For either:
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since you live somewhere I don't, I want:

        V X A


        (See also: ohm's law)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes I know him--this car belongs to my brother. He is awesome.
        • 8 Months Ago
        The car is a "He"?

        Jest kiddin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The stimulus money and government-backed loans going to Tesla are indirectly supporting their ability to partner with Toyota. Last I checked, Toyota was a foreign company, not a domestic one. Basically, we're funding direct competitors of the companies that provide jobs here through technology transfers. Great way to support America!
        • 8 Months Ago
        Nothing's stopping FORD from spending some R&D and developing a competing product, except FORD.

        Ford is still in 1959.
        Let it die the Death It Deserves.
        Unless you're a shareholder, then you might try telling management to start managing for Today, with the Worlds Conditions Now.
        - Global Warming
        - Peak Oil
        - Chinese Energy Spike
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jordan, so what do you suggest? That the government not let any companies that get loans do business with foreign companies? That doesn't sound like the American way. And as was already pointed out, domestic companies are free to work with Tesla. I don't understand your complaint at all. I'm happy Tesla is being allowed to develop their technology, and that other companies want to use it.

        And it does sound like the cars will be built in the US.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Do you mean like the evil foreign companies that built and operate plants here? Or the god loving American companies that built plants in other countries?

        How I wish things were so simple.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clearly they are passing through Orange County and don't live there- LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL - you beat me to it with your comment +1 - LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car belongs to a good friend of mine. I am actually the passenger in the vehicle in that pic :P We are both local in Orange County. The Tesla drives like a roller coaster (0-60 in 3.9). Makes it so the highlight of my evening is getting the premier front spot at a red light so that we can silently woosh away hitting 40 or so before I can even glance back to see the lights of the cars behind us quickly disappearing.

      • 5 Years Ago
      New plate for my Leaf is "BYE OIL".

      BTW, that's 5 northbound in Santa Ana. Definitely not a Tesla owner's 'hood!
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