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Charged Up 05-28-2011 03:48 PM

Chosing the Charge Port Location
 
Nice post on Car Fanatics detailing how Ford chose the location for the charge port on its upcoming fleet of electrified vehicles.

I think Chevy and Ford have it right with the charge port on the driver's side fender. Nissan, once again, in its rush to be first to market has sort of dropped the ball with its location choice, front and center.

Another well thought out move on Ford's charge port is the way the charge port door swivels to reveal the port. Since space is at a premium in many garages, not having a charge port that swings out is critical. There have been reports already of some Volt charge port doors being knocked off as owners try to squeeze around the open port door.

That said, Ford's charge port has a ring around it that lights up in "quarters" to represent 25, 50, 75, and 100 percent state of charge. This is a nice feature, but that may not be the most visible spot for charge status indicator lights.

See this post:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=149&p=290&hilit=charge+port#p2 90

The Car Fanatics post can be found at:

http://carfanatics.org/thread-6549.html




Charged Up 06-04-2011 04:33 AM

Re: Chosing the Charge Port Location
 
Just want to reiterate that having a charge indicator on the dash is the ideal location. Ford really needs to rethink having the indicator be at the charge port. Yes you can have it setup to send reminders if there is a problem, but it is very reassuring to be able to just look at the car from any angle and know that all is well, especially since with a BEV if it is not charging you have a serious problem.

The dash mount has saved me twice already, when I thought it was plugged in, and it was not. And just this past weekend I was opportunity charging, and it was an outside plug and it was acting funky, but eventually it worked, but I was concerned that it might kick out again. From where I was seated I could easily glance over and see the green light was on, and know every was ok.

The beauty of the dash mount is being able to check the status from 360 degrees.

The complaints will come loud and often if this is not addressed on the Focus.





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