GroundLoop wrote:Because they didn't want anyone but the owner to be able to open the charging hatch. The last thing I want to find in there is a lit cigarette, urine, or a beer.
However, any time you are charging the car the port is open and thus "vulnerable".
I would prefer a push to unlock function over the existing hood release or even a fob option. I also have a 2012 Prius-PHEV which used a push to unlock and I absolutely love it. It's low tech so there is very little to fail and it would be cheap to replace. I has a built in weather cover as part of the door so when closed it seals the port from moisture. I find the orange weather cover on the leaf a little annoying as well when this could have been built into the large door such that it caused a seal when closed.
The Prius also has a light on the port when open, I very much miss this option on the Leaf when it's dark at night when I come home and plug it in.
The Prius also has a charge port door open indicator, unfortunately it uses the display screen to warn you and you can not cancel the warning.
I will defiantly be looking into this thread: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=3930
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Just thought I would add my opinion to the topic, I'm not "complaining" but rather I'm simply looking to help improve the leaf. Shoot, get the the last reply and it looks like everything is solved now, shucks..