What, did you expect them to have a Yankees logo on it?

Massachusetts' department of transportation this week said that special license plates with a silhouette of a green car with a plug on the back will be available for drivers of hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Massachusetts is the second state (OK, it's technically a commonwealth) in the U.S. to distribute specially designed license plates for alt-fuel vehicles (Hawaii was the first). The so-called Electric Vehicle Plates won't cost any extra (see the Mass DOT's statement here), even for hybrids.

Officials say the new plates are about more than vanity or green cred. They actually argue that, with some alt-fuel cars looking just like their gas-powered counterparts, the plates let emergency respondents know that the car is alt-fuel and may need to be turned off differently to minimize safety risks. So for all of you folks using your Nissan Leaf to ghost-ride the whip on Comm Ave, you'll soon have that little extra something going for you.


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      SpeedyRacer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Arizona has had alt fuel plates for a while now. Ours look like clouds on a blue sky background. That's what's on my Nissan LEAF. I do like the little car with the plug on the MA plate. It looks a lot like the one from the PIA (Plug in America) logo.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or they can use both letters and numbers on the plates, and be able to issue around 1 million plates before having to re-design to fit more numbers/letters.
      Anne
      • 3 Years Ago
      OT "Massachusetts is the second state (OK, it's technically a commonwealth)" Can anybody explain what Danny means by this? The Wikipedia page says: "The official name of the state is the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Colloquially, it is often referred to simply as "the Commonwealth". While this designation is part of the state's official name, it has no practical implications. Massachusetts has the same position and powers within the United States as other states.", This suggests that technically, Massachusetts is a state like any other.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anne
        @Anne Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the name chosen by the hard line Puritan settlers in Massachusetts to indicate their continuing adherence to the principles of Commonwealth of England, that existed for 13 years under the dictatorship of the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell. The Massachusetts Puritans were particularly fanatical in opposition to the Dominion of New England, reviling the tolerant Stuart laws and relative religious freedoms. Massachusetts operated as Theocracy. The pilgrims (puritans) also hated the restrictions the British Crown placed on interference with native tribes. These restriction prevented them from the acquisition of more land. The Bloodless revolution, saw the end of the Dominion. And also gave the puritans an opportunity to persecute other settlers. Alarmed by the violence, the new administration of King William and Queen Mary, conceded to the puritans demands a granted a long demanded Charter to the Province of Massachusetts Bay, but while seeming to accede to the puritans demands, the administration shrewdly included Plymouth, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands, into the new province, thereby diluting the puritans influence and giving meaning to the term 'Commonwealth'. After the War of Independence, the term lost all meaning, except historic.
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anne
        Oops, sorry for the double post
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there any benefit associated with this plate (e.g. single occupancy use of HOV lanes)? Do only for actual EVs qualify for this plate, or can plug-in hybrids like the Volt or Karma also get it? What about hydrogen vehicles (can you get one in MA?) that have rebranded themselves from HFCVs (hydrogen fuel cell vehicles) to FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles).
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Doug
        By the article, it includes plug-in hybrids, but it also says plain hybrids which I think is wrong. It should at a minimum require that you can plug in to charge the batteries (and I don't mean the 12V starter battery). According to the MassDOT site "The Electric Vehicle Plates will be available for any passenger or commercial vehicle that is either electric-powered or a hybrid vehicle. "
      Anne
      • 3 Years Ago
      OT "Massachusetts is the second state (OK, it's technically a commonwealth)" Can anybody explain what Danny means by this? The Wikipedia page says: "The official name of the state is the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Colloquially, it is often referred to simply as "the Commonwealth". While this designation is part of the state's official name, it has no practical implications. Massachusetts has the same position and powers within the United States as other states.", This suggests that technically, Massachusetts is a state like any other.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if I could get one for my hydrocarbon powered Eco vehicle?
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love 'em ! Great idea. More States and nations should issue EV technology plates.
      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they should give it Yankee Pinstripes :-)
      amtoro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Georgia also has special plates for alternative fuel vehicles; they have a green leaf on the left and are available for a fee.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish my state would offer that. But, sadly, there wouldn't be very many right now.
      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope some of those characters can be letters, otherwise it's sort of like they're saying "We'll never need more than 10,000 of these plates!"
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sirvixisvexed
        You mean 9,999 of them.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ele Truk
          10,000 if they issue 0000; 9,999 if they start from 0001. It looks like this is just the standard Massachusetts specialty plate format: image, vertical two-letter series indicator, four digits--but they'll have to come up with a new indicator when they're nearing 10,000 EVs plated--maybe a bumper sticker like the California has for a slightly different designation.
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