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Street Charging

energee

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Oct 31, 2017
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Philadelphia, PA
Anyone live in the city and regularly charge? My city has EV-friendly spots for residents, but I was surprised to find out the Tesla charge port is on the left with no option for right side charging. Seems like it would be awkward to have a charger plugged into the right of the car when people are folding their left mirrors in.

I have never heard this topic come up at all, even in searching this forum, any thoughts?
 

Chickenlittle

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Sep 10, 2013
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4,943
Virginia
Anyone live in the city and regularly charge? My city has EV-friendly spots for residents, but I was surprised to find out the Tesla charge port is on the left with no option for right side charging. Seems like it would be awkward to have a charger plugged into the right of the car when people are folding their left mirrors in.

I have never heard this topic come up at all, even in searching this forum, any thoughts?
I live in city and charge in my garage
 

kort677

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Sep 17, 2015
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florida.
Anyone live in the city and regularly charge? My city has EV-friendly spots for residents, but I was surprised to find out the Tesla charge port is on the left with no option for right side charging. Seems like it would be awkward to have a charger plugged into the right of the car when people are folding their left mirrors in.

I have never heard this topic come up at all, even in searching this forum, any thoughts?
could this be why the units have 18ft+ cords? The few street side units I've encountered there was no issue with cord length or being an obstruction. the fact that the mirrors fold is irrelevant.

here is a pic of the unit in red bank NJ that I've used. note the left side position which doesn't address your concern but also note that if you park close to the curb there is plenty of clearance for cars to pass, also note the amount of cord available. the car was probably ticketed for not paying for the spot.
rb-ev-032916.jpg
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Well-Known Member
Jul 12, 2012
10,314
7,396
Maine
Anyone live in the city and regularly charge? My city has EV-friendly spots for residents, but I was surprised to find out the Tesla charge port is on the left with no option for right side charging. Seems like it would be awkward to have a charger plugged into the right of the car when people are folding their left mirrors in.

I have never heard this topic come up at all, even in searching this forum, any thoughts?

American manufacturers all have their charge ports on the left-hand side: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Tesla.

Nissan/Renault: front, center
Toyota: right, rear
BMW i3: right, rear.
Volkswagen: right, rear
Mercedes: rear, right.
smart: right, rear

There is no single best location. It all depends on where you are plugging in and where you have to walk after you've plugged in.
 

pjw65

Member
Mar 19, 2016
208
144
Switzerland
Anyone live in the city and regularly charge? My city has EV-friendly spots for residents, but I was surprised to find out the Tesla charge port is on the left with no option for right side charging. Seems like it would be awkward to have a charger plugged into the right of the car when people are folding their left mirrors in.

I charge in my garage and on Superchargers and sometimes on public charging.
Left or right is not a problem when I use my own charging cable (7m Typ2 for Europe).
The problem I have on a few places to use the fixed (short) cable and at the same time the only way to park is front side.
(Most other EV have front side charger.)
 

energee

New Member
Oct 31, 2017
4
1
Philadelphia, PA
I charge in my garage and on Superchargers and sometimes on public charging.
Left or right is not a problem when I use my own charging cable (7m Typ2 for Europe).
The problem I have on a few places to use the fixed (short) cable and at the same time the only way to park is front side.
(Most other EV have front side charger.)

Unfortunately, I don't have a garage, but reserved street parking is available for EV residents with the option to install a charger in your spot. Just seems awkward to charge on the left side with tight one-way streets.
 

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