City of Sacramento pioneers digital license plates on electric fleet cars
In partnership with Reviver Auto, the City of Sacramento is pioneering digital license plate technology on its fleet of new Electric Bolts. The plates have been installed on 24 cars so far, with 11 more on the way.
It's just one more example of how Sacramento is establishing itself as a leader in the development of autonomous and alternative fuel vehicle technology.
The new plates allow the city to keep track of fleet cars and their mileage, in much the same way that GPS technology allows the tracking of the city's gas-powered cars. The city is paying $299 per plate, slightly less than the annual cost of GPS for a conventional car.
Reviver Auto is also selling its license plates to retail customers at Kuni Chevrolet Cadillac.
The digital plates eventually will allow owners to renew their DMV registration with no mail and no stickers. Parked vehicles can display commercial or public service messages. Reviver CEO Neville Boston stressed that consumers will have the ability to turn off their location services to safeguard their privacy, and would have to approve any messages displayed on their plates. He said changes to the plate are sent through an encrypted connection similar to online banking.