EricH wrote:I followed the advice of a former Prius owner who lost their stickers when the car was rear-ended and the bumper was replaced. Therefore, I avoided the lower wrap-around bumper on the Leaf; the side stickers are on the quarter-panels above the bodywork joint, and the rear sticker is on the lower right corner of the hatchback, 'inside' the "Zero Emission" letters.
The idea is that if the Leaf is rear-ended, and the only damage is to the wrap-around bumper, replacing that won't require me to obtain replacement stickers (and forego HOV access while waiting for them).
Our Civic GX was lightly rear-ended and we had a concern about having to deal with getting replacement stickers. Luckily the damage was so minimal it only required refinishing/repainting the bumper in one area so the body shop was able to preserve the stickers. That said, if you are in a more major accident and the bumper is damaged then I'd go ahead and file for the replacement stickers right away. Odds are you'll get the new stickers not long after you get the car back from being repaired.
Personally I intend to apply the stickers as low and out of sight on the car as possible because their shape is not complimentary to the Leaf's shape. They don't look terrible on the Civic as it is very angular - the Leaf is much more of a fluid design though and I think the stickers clash. +1 for specialized EV plates!