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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:30 am

TonyWilliams wrote:It seems like the charge port door needs the same secondly latch that the hood of virtually every car has. Has anybody put a timer inhibit switch up front yet?
Not really. A hood accidentally flying open is a very dangerous occurrence. The charge door flying open is at best a nuisance. I, for one, think the current design is a good balance between security and ease of use...besides it's how all gas ports have worked for the last 20 years or so.
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:41 am

Are EV drivers dumber or more forgetful than ICE drivers?... ICE cars don't have an indicator for their fuel door and seem to get along just fine without it...
TonyWilliams wrote:I would like to see a basic dash warning whenever the car is powered and in gear, and the charger door is open.
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:29 pm

TomT wrote:Are EV drivers dumber or more forgetful than ICE drivers?... ICE cars don't have an indicator for their fuel door and seem to get along just fine without it...
...and I see plenty of folks driving down the road with their fuel door open. Your point? ;)
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:48 pm

My point is that you don't hear THEM bitching about there being no light... Hey, maybe we could also motorize it so it opens and closes automatically like the tailgates on some SUVs for the exceptionally lazy... :lol:
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TomT wrote:Are EV drivers dumber or more forgetful than ICE drivers?... ICE cars don't have an indicator for their fuel door and seem to get along just fine without it...
...and I see plenty of folks driving down the road with their fuel door open. Your point? ;)
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:17 pm

turbo2ltr wrote:I'd like to see a key-fob controlled actuator so I don't have to remember to pull the lever when I get out.
Agreed. It should be solenoid actuated from the fob.

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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:45 am

So, this could be done relatively easily. Mount a power trunk release actuator to the existing lever (just like others have attached a rope or cable tie.) You could use this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crimestopper-CS ... es&vxp=mtr

Then run one button up where one of the dummy panels is on the dash, and mount a second button upside down in the grill opening on the front of the car. Presto! Walk up, push a button and voila!
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:52 am

it is certainly among life's very very minor inconveniences to be ready to charge and realize -- oops, have to walk 8 feet and open the driver door and release the latch.
hardly something worth a kvetch.
yes, it would be cool to have a release on the fob or for the thing to have a button that opens in proximity to the fob, as the rear hatch does. but it is such small beans.
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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:47 pm

Forgot to open Charge Door... have to walk all the way back now.

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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:53 pm

Supposedly the 2013 addresses this issue :

"Improved convenience of the charging port, including a locking mechanism for the normal charging connector, LED light for charging at night and electromagnetic opener for the charging port lid."

http://sfbayleafs.org/news/2012/11/upda ... -in-japan/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (look about midway down)

Apologies if this was mentioned in the thread already.

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Re: Opening the charger port could be easier

Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:36 am

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" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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..

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