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motorized charge port door?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Patrick W, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Patrick W

    Patrick W Member

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    Reading through the S's owners manual it says:

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    Hold down the rear trunk button on the
    key for 1-2 seconds (applicable only if
    Model S is equipped with a motorized
    charge port).

    Note: If you do not insert the charge cable
    into the charge port within a few minutes
    after opening the charge port door,
    the latch closes.
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    Holding down the trunk button always opens the door. Going by the above that would seem to indicate the door is motorized.

    But once open, no matter how long I leave the port door open it never closes on it's own.

    So, is it motorized and I'm missing something? Or not motorized?
     
  2. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Motorized charge port doors were added around the time the D models came out. If your car's older, you don't have that.

    The door opens automatically on earlier cars because it's spring-loaded.
     
  3. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I think only the D's have the "motorized" self closing doors, mine does.

    It might not be a motor to open it, but a spring? And the motor to close it? Dunno
     
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    You (and me) are motor less...

    motorless as as a man can be.
     
  5. Patrick W

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    It's from earlier this year (just added that bit of data and the VIN to my signature below). Ds were out well before that. But judging from what I'm hearing here mine is not motorized. Does that qualify as a First World Problem? :) Actually not a problem. No motor means one less thing to go wrong.

    But in any case I've always thought it odd the door opens the way it does. Seems like the hinge should be to the front so that the pressure of the wind when driving would close the door if it's accidentally left open.
     
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    the key fob opened my charge port on an early '14, not a d model
     
  7. Todd Burch

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    Yep, D-only feature.

    The taper of the taillight means that putting the hinge on the forward side would mean a short hinge (in the vertical direction) which would make the door weak in terms of supporting vertical forces. Besides, if the hinge were on the other side I'm fairly certain the wind wouldn't be enough to close it against the spring force. As the door would start to close, less of the door would be exposed to the wind, and the closing force would decrease. You need that force most when the door is nearly shut!
     
  8. Kratus

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    Yes, but it doesn't close it.
     
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    on the earlier cars you always have to manually close the charge port door.
     
  10. jpet

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    European customers still have to close it manually. Our sockets are of a different type (larger) and apparently there's not enough space to fit the auto closing mechanism.
     
  11. Patrick W

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    Good point. Had not thought about it that way. Thanks.

    Just hope I don't absentmindedly drive off with it open catch it on something. Ouch!
     
  12. Todd Burch

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    Your side mirror would probably snap off first :). Ouch either way!
     

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