A lot of people will be curious at first and want to look at things on the LEAF the first year or so. I would rather not have the general public, in a parking lot, have access to the charging plugs under the hatch door. Who knows, the black caps on the plug might become a little "trophy" in some neighborhoods like the metal Mercedes logo. Of course, I can't see anyone hanging it on a chain around their neck.
I like the locked hatch door.
I park in my garage, push button to open hatch, walk to charger, plug in charger, go in the house to enjoy my evening and the car takes care of itself when programmed. I can handle this.
Nissan LEAF - Blue Ocean SL-E
Reserved - April 20, 3:20 pm - Ordered - September 8, 2010 - Delivery: - March 22, 2011 - VIN: 604
EV Project Blink - installed March 17
5.8 kW PV system with 27 SunPower 215 W panels