I park outside, so you'd think I would really wish for a light, but it's no problem at all. I have the headlights set so they stay on long enough for me to see what I'm doing. And in fact there are several times that I've gone out later to plug in, and I still have no problem. After a few weeks your hand seems to know automatically where to put the connector, and it slides right in.
As for unlocking the charge door, I keep track of the numbers every time I charge, so my procedure is:
- Stop in the driveway and look at the bars. If more than six, power down, get out, close the door, and push the lock button. I'm done.
- Otherwise, hit the park button then the overhead light.
- Pull my tiny notebook from the slot in the left armrest and record the numbers. Put it away.
- Hold the top right and bottom left buttons in the group of four until m/kWh and trip mileage resets.
- Drop my hand and pop the charge door release.
- Reach up with my other hand to turn off the overhead light, then down to power off.
- Get out, close the door, and push the lock button.
- Open the charge door and release the charge dock cover.
- Go grab the cable and connector, release the plastic cover and plug it in.
- Drop the charge door down on the connector and wait for the three blue lights to flash.
I know, it sounds like a lot of steps, but it's really just a habit. The key for me is that step 5 naturally and immediately follows step 4. I'm not sure how the process could be simplified other than automatically recording of the numbers. Well, I guess popping the charge door could cause it to open wide and release the charge dock cover, but that's no big deal. What would be a big deal for me would be rummaging in my pocket to find the fob, pulling it out, and squinting to see which button I needed to push.