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Charger Door--forget to close

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by efusco, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Perhaps this will become a bit more natural, but I've, so far, forgotten to close the charge port access door as often as I've remembered to close it. Too bad there's not a remote closing option too. I'm usually just impatient to get going as soon as I get unplugged.
     
  2. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

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    I did this once or twice. Now I just taught myself to close it as soon as I pull out the plug.
     
  3. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    It's on your screen that it's open but it's too small. Dr Computer said that car should beep and/or have a much large warning on the cluster where other warnings appear..
     
  4. Liz G

    Liz G P03056

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    Along that line, does the car prevent you from driving off with the UMC still plugged in?
     
  5. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    It does but you can drive with the charge port open.
     
  6. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Only gasoline cars let you do that.

    car gas hose.jpg fail-owned-gas-nozzle-fail.jpg what-was-the-driver-thinking.png
     
  7. Zextraterrestrial

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    I love that the cars w/ hoses in the pictures have made it off the station property and driving! very observant drivers :scared: glad I can stop on a dime for them!
     
  8. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Evan, you also have to hold it for a second or two until it "clicks" in, because I've had a couple of occasions where I've closed the charge port door only to have it pop back open because the magnet doesn't latch on for whatever reason.

    My biggest issue is not shutting my garage door when I drive off after unplugging the car. Gotta get used to doing that. Maybe the "green" homelink will help with that once I get the software upgrade.
     
  9. Sparrow

    Sparrow S105/ Roadster 189

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    I've never had to hold my charge door closed. It stays shut even before the click signaling that it is locked.
     
  10. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Mine always closes, but popped back open a few times when it "clicked", so learned to just hold it there for two seconds until it "clicked", and then I don't have any issue.
     
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    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Remote closing: Another good idea, Evan. I suspect this would take hardware changes, though, so I don't expect it to happen in this version (if ever).

    I like threads like this; it gives me ideas of what things to watch out for and things to get used to doing.
     
  13. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I did it again tonight...oye.
     
  14. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    Couldn't they just make the warning bigger or refuse to go into 'D'?

    That would solve it all, right? On the other hand, just close it! ;-)
     
  15. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I don't know if I want it to prevent "D", but an audible and more obvious alert would help.
     
  16. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    I solved this problem with my roadster - a big sticker on the HPC ('Did you close the charge port door?') near where I hang the charge cable.
     
  17. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Yeah. I wouldn't want to get stranded just because the charge door is busted or broken off or something.
     
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    [video=vimeo;5371237]http://vimeo.com/5371237[/video]
     
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    It happens to me all the time with my current PHEV. Especially in chargers outside where one uses both hands to reel in the heavier charge cables and then you walk on the wrong side of the car and then you see the dashboard alert and the little open flap in the rear view mirror .. DOH.
    I definitely would recommend a remote close for future tesla revs. eg maybe make the door drop inwards and slide out of the way.

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    Made me think of EVs with magsafe. Fortunately they dont go into D while plugged in.
     

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