Vanity Plates?

Hey folks,
I'm a first-time poster, but a long-time lurker.

I just ordered vanity plates for my Sig and thought I'd start a thread to see what other folks have gotten.
After much deliberation, I got "HC FREE" (California).

I've never had vanity plates before, but as an early adopter, I'm voting with my dollar (ok, many dollars). I want to spread the word for Tesla and electric cars in general, and I figure a vanity plate is a good way to introduce the driving public to an option they may not be aware of. "Hey, that there Aston-Martin is hydrocarbon free! - oh wait, what's a Tesla?"

- Dean

PS: I tried to get "AC 4 ME" but that became unavailable while I was in the process of checking out. If whoever got that is on this forum, you would have missed out if you were a minute slower ;)

Here are a couple threads that have already collected lots of ideas: (public) (public) (private) (private) (public)

(*private means that only logged-in reservation holders can see these topics.)

Good effort, Dean. I wonder though as to how many folks might get that "HC" stands for HydroCarbon?! They are more likely to understand stuff like "CO2" and such but, am sure combos with "CO2", "GAS" and "OIL" with "FREE" are all taken up in Calif.

Dean - lots of good ones already taken in CA. I tried PLGNPLY but no dice. So I did PLGNFLY as a "play" on Plug and Play" with a nod to the acceleration of the S.



"AC 4 ME" but that became unavailable while I was in the process of checking out.

You can always waitlist the 'taken' plate at


Hate to be so boring, mine is MODEL S



Mine is ELCPWR


I am allergic to vanity plates. I won't have them on any of my cars. It is just a preference. But it ain't gonna happen. Again, one man's opinion.


William Jones,

+1. I hate paying the extra fee every single year.

Anyone in the US know if plate fees paid to the state each year are deductible on Schedule A under line 8 "other taxes"? While we're at it, what about tolls paid (now that they're easy to track online via EZ-PASS and the like)?

SLR CHRG - plugging my S into my solar panels...

EdG - not a tax professional but, uhm... No.

I not only like the vanity plates, but the vanity plate frame, as well. My choice (it's ready to put on) is:



I'll be looking for some of these plates on the road!

As for those of you allergic to paying an annual fee, I agree and that is why I've never had vanity plates in my 30ish years of owning a car. I'm only just now going for it because of the importance of sustainable energy consumption, and custom plates seem to draw the attention in a way that bumper stickers and plate frames don't.

For those of you that want a custom plate in CA, these were still available last time I looked:




Vanity plates are like boat names... Occasionally they may make you chuckle, but more often than not, they make you think "Wow, what a tool." I've yet to see a vanity plate (or a boat name for that matter) that made me think "Wow, that's cool...I wish I had thought of that."

So yeah...I'm going with whatever I get from the DMV.

And he pays extra every year for the privilege of being a tool. Interesting perspective.

A tool and his money are soon parted!

Generally, I'll consider someone a tool (or not) based on their driving style more than what their vanity plate says. If somebody notices "HC FREE" and thinks about it long enough to consider me a tool, then perhaps the message got stuck in their subconscious just a little bit.

At $38/yr, it isn't a major expense. According to the CA DMV site, the fees collected for "Environmental Plates" like mine are used to support environmental programs. You can call it a tool tax if you want, but I think of it as an annual donation to programs that I support:

  • The control and abatement of air pollution, including all phases of research into the sources, dynamics and effects of environmental pollutants.
  • The acquisition, preservation, restoration, or any combination thereof, of natural areas or ecological reserves.
  • Environmental education, including formal school programs and informal public education programs.
  • Protection of nongame species and threatened and endangered plants and animals.
  • Protection, enhancement, and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and related water quality, including review of the
    potential impact of development activities and land use changes on that habitat.
  • The purchase, on an opportunity basis, of real property consisting of sensitive natural areas for the state park system and
    for local and regional parks.
  • Reduction or minimization of the effects of soil erosion and the discharge of sediment into the waters of the Lake Tahoe
    region, including the restoration of disturbed wetlands and stream environment zones.

- Dean

@ ReeceWeb/Dean

Certainly a very well-thought-out perspective, and in your case, absolutely justified. Wouldn't think twice about it. I will, however, suggest that you would be in the minority of vanity plate holders. The term "tool" has been tossed about quite a bit in this thread, so I will refrain. But when one purchases an $89K Model S, that - in and of itself - makes the statement. Adding "NO GAS1" or "ELCTRC" as a vanity plate simply is begging for negative reviews from those around you. Not that your thinking is pure and honorable, it is what is perceived ... that will spark the debate.

Texas has a pretty hefty vanity plate fee nowadays, compared to what it was before took over the business. I simply don't care to support that business. Texas has a nice basic plate that is replacing the technicolor one floating around today. It is black and white and with Texas and a star. Will look nice on any car.

WJ P188

My plates will be Colorado Carbon Fund "TSLA EV" (looking at the car they will see it is a Tesla Model S, but may not appreciate it is an electric vehicle. This is the closest things I get to a bumper sticker.

Dean. Why not have a bit of fun, advance your environmental agenda, and enjoy the first, 21st century car on the planet! Don’t listen to the negative posters. The “S” is an extremely exciting car on many levels and being enthusiastic about cleaner air, not supporting the seven sisters and their parents, supporting an American brand – all while having fun. Not a bad return for $38-78 a year.

You will also become a bit of history fanatic. Who was Nikola Tesla, who invented the light bulb (who didn’t), who invented the radio …? People will stop you and ask you, “Why do you drive an electric car?” The answer - why don’t you?

P.S. I am the biggest tool! I have two vanity plates on our toys and the DMV is holding my "S's" plate.


HUSKA (my german shepherd dog :)

Just got my new plate last week. It will now reside on my Prius until the Model S arrives.
1PT21 GW

After it arrived I just had to watch Back to the Future again!

I guess 1210MW wouldn't translate well?