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Excuse me if this has been asked before, but has anyone removed these and if so how easy was it to do? Does anyone else think they're just a bit redundant / pointless?

I have de-badged cars before but never from the glass. I assume it is reasonably straightforward.

When my MX 30 actually arrives I might even like the stickers!
 

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Charlie, to be honest I don't give them a moments notice. Not worth the brain space as they are not really IN YOUR FACE if you know what I mean. Hopefully you will be too involved learning about the car and its foibles but more importantly the enjoyment of driving it to give two hoots about the stickers.

You watch programmes that use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the glue making it easier to remove. Never tried it but personally I don't think it's worth the hassle.

Enjoy it when you get it and don't sweat the small stuff

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First thing I did when I got home was to take off these ridiculous stickers which do nothing for the car.
Used a hairdryer and a sharp blade (Stanley knife or razor blade) and any residue was removed with car tar remover but nail varnish remover or I believe Wd40 will also do the job.
 

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It down to personal taste at the end of the day. Personally I don't not think it is worth the effort. Solution seems to be heat first, plastic or non scratch blade second followed by sticky stuff remover or equivalent such as mentioned above. Down to individual taste to decide if its really worth it as stated.

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I get the impression that the idea of the stickers came from a last minute marketing decision in order to make the car more obviously "electric". I don't mind badges on cars per se but will usually remove any stickers I can. Dealer stickers also always go straight in the bin - unless they want to pay me to advertise... :)
 

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Pointless in UK to have an "electric" sticker to identify the car as being electric as the green flash on the registration plate does that.
not really as this is still on a voluntary basis. Mine - 71 reg - has no green fascia on the plates (not my fault!)

agreed this was a last minute addition to stress the car is electric. Prefer this (totally removable too) rather than 3D badges all over the place - funny colour (likely to be blue!) accent to random part of the car - plug shaped embossing on plastic parts... etc... we have seen them all!
 

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As a matter of interest has anyone noticed any real benefits of the green stripe? I have yet to find anything, anywhere that goes "how brilliant green stripe come in for free parking" or...let me think....anything! It promised a lot but I have personally yet to see anything delivered that benefits the green stripe as opposed to the benefit of being registered as electric with associated number plates recognition. Anybody got any different experience?

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the green stripe is not a proof of anything. It is an embellishment you can add to the plate (same as the EU flag back in the days). Not sure how they check only EV use the green flag - but probably they have a rule in place. But the only proof of EV is DVLA registry. In London you get free/discounted resident parking permit, usually free parking if you are charging and discounted parking (in Westminster you pay for 10minutes and you can stay 4 hours for example!)
 

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This is the "stuff" they were putting out to encourage it! Not seen one jot of it applied!!!!

What are the benefits of having one?
There are some benefits to having green strip number plates, and, whilst these number plates are not a legal requirement, they are advisable for those with EVs. GOV.UK mention that 'As part of the government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles through the introduction of green number plates. The plates will make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities design and put in place new policies to incentivise people to own and drive them’. There are plenty of local initiatives that users can benefit from by getting these green number plates, and this includes things like cheaper parking costs, and free entry to zero-emission zones.

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the green stripe is not a proof of anything. It is an embellishment you can add to the plate (same as the EU flag back in the days). Not sure how they check only EV use the green flag - but probably they have a rule in place. But the only proof of EV is DVLA registry. In London you get free/discounted resident parking permit, usually free parking if you are charging and discounted parking (in Westminster you pay for 10minutes and you can stay 4 hours for example!)
The green flash is an official mark to identify car is fully electric. Automatic on all new registered electric vehicles.
 

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Green number plates were introduced in December 2020, as part of the UK Government's “Road to Zero Emissions” initiative. Distinguished by the green bar down the side, green number plates are designed to raise awareness of electric vehicles and incentivise motorists into making the switch to zero emissions vehicles.18 Aug 2021
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The green flash is an official mark to identify car is fully electric. Automatic on all new registered electric vehicles.
whilst these number plates are not a legal requirement,

Not. Plenty of new cars without it (mine).
You can check on cazoo - all their ev on subscription are new and none of them has the green thing!
For Alan - any incentive from local authorities will be based on the car being ev regardless the green badge.
 

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We've just got/ are getting ULEV access to new bus lanes in Bedford - the new signage specifically uses the green flash to designate that the ULEV cars can use the bus lane alongside the normal signage for buses, taxis and bikes. I suspect the official method to avoid a fine is that the bus lane cameras check the registration, while the green flash is to let other drivers know you're legit in the use of the lane, with the hope(!) that they are then amenable to allowing you back into traffic at the end of the lane. Have used it twice so far with great success - though judging by the reaction of the guy in front of me yesterday - not the driver who let me in!! - not everyone will be as accommodating.
 

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In my view its all baloney! Incentives are not based on a stupid number plate recognition policy...ooh look its electric..they are based on real incentives, price point, benefit in kind etal. Unless people actually see and feel real incentives stupid plate stripes will not make one iota of a difference. hold on till I climb down from my box...rant over time for a lie down. P.s birrillo I agree, and baz yip get your point also

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