Tramp Stamp on my Model S

Tramp Stamp on my Model S

I know that is a bit extreme to call the Carpool Sticker that would go on my Model S a tramp stamp, but I don't like ink on my women and I don't like a bumper sticker on my car (and I have never spent more then $30K on a car before). Are there other options for that sticker? Inside of the glass which would be easier to remove when it expired or alternatives to plastering against the sexy lines of the Model S?

It's the little things!

stephen.pace | January 17, 2012

I assume this is state specific. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but it used to be in Florida the automatic readers required a huge bar code like sticker on the side of your car for the toll bridges in Pensacola. In Texas we have RFID tags that are placed inside the car near the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, in Texas EVs don't (yet?) have the right to drive in the HOV lanes.

BYT | January 17, 2012

@stephen, I wonder why in Texas they don't let EV's run in HOV lanes? I know it's a big oil state and that was a bit of a jab, I'm sorry. Yes, it's California specific in this case.

Brian H | January 17, 2012

the HOV lanes have more than one purpose. Aside from reducing pollution, they are also intended to reduce congestion. EVs don't do anything special in that regard.

Timo | January 17, 2012

HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle lane. That is for reducing congestion by rewarding people for driving in cars that are full. Reducing pollution is just a side-effect.

jbunn | January 17, 2012


At this point in my life, I'm down to the singular form of women, but I get what you mean. I don't like ink on women, and I've never had bumperstickers on cars. The idea of what they make you do in California is outrageous. I'd rather take the carpool and risk the ticket than put four big stickers on my car.

Washington does not have this allowance, but hopefully we are working on it.

stephen.kamichik | January 17, 2012

I do not like ink on my women either.

EdG | January 17, 2012

I've thought up several bumper stickers that would be great on my car, but I don't think I can put them on for the same reasons you cited. The HOV stickers in New York State aren't very big, but if I end up getting a nice pearly white paint job, I don't know how I'll feel about putting those stickers around the car, messing with the new perfection.

Today is the first time I noticed that my local shopping mall has a parking area nearest the stores reserved for "alternative fuel/hybrid" vehicles. [I have no idea why. I don't think they're planning on putting in charge stations.] Parking the S there and having the HOV stickers would ease the "sticker shock" by knowing that Tesla-ignorant onlookers would instantly become much more curious. It's a bit of silent boasting.

Brian H | January 17, 2012

Buy a pot of 'rubber cement', and temporarily glue the stickers on when necessary, and remove immediately after clearing that "zone".


stephen.kamichik | January 17, 2012

On my BMW I will put a "my other car is all electric" sticker and on my Tesla I will put a "my other car sucks" sticker. I will let people guess what it is that my other car sucks.

TikiMan | January 17, 2012

My $.02 cents...

I have been in really bad traffic many times, and watched a few Tesla Roadster's pass by me in the HOV lane. At that point, those little white-stickers looks fairly tres chic on any car!

Robert.Boston | January 17, 2012
petero | January 17, 2012

May I suggest getting a white Model S.

BYT | January 18, 2012

Yeah, I think I'll keep the sticker in my glove compartment and show it to the officer when he pulls me over. If he asks why it's not on the bumper, then I'll explain myself. :D

If my kid couldn't get me to put his honor roll sticker on my bumper, there is no way in hell California will either even if I want to ride in the lane... ;)

Mycroft | January 18, 2012

Too bad a magnet wouldn't work.

mwu | January 18, 2012

Use a static cling :P

David70 | January 18, 2012

Actually a magnet could work. Glue the sticker to some magnetic backing (like refrigerator magnet). Glue another magnet (neodymium) behind the aluminum fender (where sticker is supposed to go). If you've never placed two rare earth magnets together you'd be surprised how difficult they are to get apart. I'd experiment with the refrigerator magnet-neodymium magnet combination before gluing one to the inside of your fender though.

I've thought of neodymium to neodymium magnet (inside of front bumper and on the front license plate if Tesla doesn't provide a way to mount front plates.

brianman | January 18, 2012


What I think you said...
- outside: magnet-sticker
- inside: magnet

I think you really want...
- outside: fabric-magnet-sticker
- inside: fabric-magnet

For the outside, the fabric may not be important. But for the outside, you don't want a magnet messing up your paint job.

brianman | January 18, 2012

[I'm considering doing something similar for the front license plate.]

Mycroft | January 18, 2012

For anything relatively heavy, like a license plate, magnets would probably not do a good job because the lateral forces when hitting bumps would be high.

brianman | January 18, 2012

Yah, I have that as one of my concerns. :|

brianman | January 18, 2012

IMO, the states really should step up and realize: I'd gladly pay the vanity license plate fee to legally have no plate up front (and non-custom plates).

Aesthetics, aerodynamics, and avoiding drilling.

EdG | January 18, 2012

Only high-rollers get to pay extra money to avoid complying with the law.

brianman | January 18, 2012

lol @ EdG

Brian H | January 18, 2012

If you get pulled over, just offer to switch cars for the next 10 miles if he doesn't ticket you!

David70 | January 18, 2012


Refrigerator magnets are in a rubber(synthetic?) compound, but it wouldn't hurt to have a thin layer of fabric between it and the car. With fabric you could even use a neodymium magnet on the outside. However, then their would be somewhat of an air gap between the car and sticker.

David70 | January 18, 2012


It would depend on the thickness of the aluminum sheeting of the Model S. However, trying to slide apart two neodymium magnets in direct contact is very difficult, and I'd expect to have a pair for each corner of the license plate. I'll have to experiment with an actual plate and set of magnets with a sheet of aluminum between the magnets.

Actually though, I expect Tesla will address the front plate issue. There are just too many states requiring them.

TikiMan | January 18, 2012

IMHO, I would not use a magnet, if anything you might want to add a clear coat over it to make sure it stays where it is...

mcornwell | January 18, 2012

Tiki, I think the strategy would be to put them on when you know you'll be needing them, and remove them when you're going to be doing city driving.

TikiMan | January 18, 2012


I see. I guess where I live, a white HOV sticker is like a badge of pride, and something even a Bentley owner would be invious of. I plan on wearing mine proudly, but I do agree they would look best on a white Model S.

petero | January 20, 2012

You could have a little fun. I checked with the CA DMV and the license plate
“HOV AOK” is available.

I too will keep my sticker in the 'center console' or put one in the rear window and take my chances with with the CHP.

Brian H | January 20, 2012

Given the regulatory froth that envelops life in CA, it might turn out to be a lie in a year or two. ;)

BYT | January 20, 2012

It is very frothy here from time to time! :D

TikiMan | January 20, 2012

All I know is, if the legislators in Sacremento, CA decide to do away with the Zero Emission HOV Acess Program, they might as well do away with all the AQMD air quality standards and Clean Air Act, also!

The WHOLE point of the program is to give drivers an incentive to drive a zero emission vehicle. The Hybrid HOV Program had a good six year run, and here in California, really helped sell a LOT of Prius's! In fact, up until last July, California's HOV lanes were well know as 'Prius Lanes', as that was what 75% of all the cars were that traveled on them. Either way, If anyone in Sacremento messes with the current program, they will find themselves in a heap of trouble with the VERY POWERFUL Liberal Clean Air Lobbiest, never mind a California company that our federal government just put over 400 million into! It would be political DEATH!

stephen.pace | February 3, 2012

Potentially relevant for this thread:

Just kidding... :-)

Brian H | February 4, 2012

Not tea bags! But #12 and 14 are kind of sexist. ;p

TikiMan | February 4, 2012

Stephen, LOL!

I think I will get a bumper sticker for my S that says...

"My car will SMOKE your car, without the smoke!"


"Unless you are driving the same car as mine, you might as well be driving a covered wagon."


"You just got bitch-slapped by a green-vehicle... How humiliating!"


"I am a proud member of OPEC's Anoymous"

petero | February 4, 2012

TikiMan. All true, but ... why not paint a big bullseye on the back?

TikiMan | February 4, 2012


I personally would never stick a bumper sticker on my car, however, this was in direct response to the link that Stephen posted above, with all the anti-EV bumper sticker ideas.

petero | February 4, 2012

very glad to hear your aversion to bumper stickers. Never have...never will.