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Where's the CSS port cover?

Yeah, I'm surprised VW missed adding a Door Open signal.
 

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I figure same habit as closing the fuel cap door — do it right away when unplugging, don't walk away with the cord and come back. Just need to develop the muscle memory. You'll be doing it much more frequently than your previous car's stops at the gas station; closing it will quickly become automatic reflex.
 

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You never check your mirrors? Like post #4 I would see it.
I always check for this when leaving a charger, or backing out of the garage.
 

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Maybe the "sensor" is that it's a big giant Dumbo ear sticking out, obstructing the view.

In my other car, which does have a "flap-open" sensor, I occasionally forget or it's not latched securely, and despite the sensor, I still have to take off my seatbelt, get out, walk around and close it.

So in some ways having the sensor is of little value in terms of saving me any hassle. It's just double insurance I don't drive off with a charging cable connected.
 

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Maybe the "sensor" is that it's a big giant Dumbo ear sticking out, obstructing the view.
Not to mention the CCS cover beating against the car telling you that, "I'm going to beat against your brand new paint @ 70 mph or fly off to where you will never see me again." (As in the image above)

Yeah, I've done it more than once and had to pull over on the shoulder of the local Autobahn.
 

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A sensor would have been nice indeed. Assuming that most people don't intend to drive with a door open, a clear audible warning signal that a door is open would be welcome too. (The first time I saw the icon I already drove a few minutes and was wondering if the car in hair dryer mode or something).
 

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Not to mention the CCS cover beating against the car ... or fly off to where you will never see me again." (As in the image above)
@morphia-EXCLAIM it would be a good idea to replace that cover. They port will be exposed to dust / bugs / rain whenever you're L2 charging, and there's some heavy current flowing through those two pins when you're DCFC. You don't want any debris in there that's going to cause resistance or fuse to the contact surfaces.
 

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it would be a good idea to replace that cover.
My opinion of the implementation of the CCS cover:
  • Bad design
  • Necessary evil
I did take some red fingernail polish and paint the thin crescent on top of the cover. Because, with a 50-50 chance of getting it right, I seemed to 100% get it wrong.
 

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Yes, constantly. Have yet to forget it before driving off but a few times have nearly run into the open door in my garage. I'm going to wind up tearing the thing off some day. Spoiled by our Y that automatically opens and closes the charge port door, and surprised VW didn't include this in its ground-up EV.
 

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I did take some red fingernail polish and paint the thin crescent on top of the cover. Because, with a 50-50 chance of getting it right, I seemed to 100% get it wrong.
I zip-tied the lanyard to the cover because I was getting the lanyard caught in the door.
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In fairness I have my side mirrors angled such that I can see at a glance my blind spots which is just a tad outside the charge flap viewage. Of course leaning a bit I too can see same.

But closing the flap immediately after unplugging is the best habit pattern. ;)
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And please NOooooo we don't need a sensor for "flap position" which is bound to go bad and spur another complaint thread. 😣
When it is open I see it in the side view mirror.
 

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Yes, constantly. Have yet to forget it before driving off but a few times have nearly run into the open door in my garage. I'm going to wind up tearing the thing off some day. Spoiled by our Y that automatically opens and closes the charge port door, and surprised VW didn't include this in its ground-up EV.
It’s amazing how much Tesla got right the first time. Powered charging port door, recessed charging port (for tight secure fit, no play like external fit CCS type 1 Combo) and small universal plug 🔌 design. The AE cables/handle are very heavy and pushing up on handle as a hack to ensure communication is ridiculous. Hopefully, the Tesla standard gets adopted industry wide in the future. Much, much, easier and almost never has charging error due to connection. Tesla’s charging solution must be used to appreciate fully.
 

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With the money saved in buying the ID.4 vs. the Audi Q4 (latter more comparable to Tesla in luxury amenities and price) there's plenty of money for a gym membership and thereby strength to lift the "very heavy" EA charging plug/cable. ;)
It’s amazing how much Tesla got right the first time. Powered charging port door, recessed charging port (for tight secure fit, no play like external fit CCS type 1 Combo) and small universal plug 🔌 design. The EA cables/handle are very heavy and pushing up on handle as a hack to ensure communication is ridiculous. Hopefully, the Tesla standard gets adopted industry wide in the future. Much, much, easier and almost never has charging error due to connection. Tesla’s charging solution must be used to appreciate fully.
 

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It’s amazing how much Tesla got right the first time. Powered charging port door, recessed charging port (for tight secure fit, no play like external fit CCS type 1 Combo) and small universal plug 🔌 design. The AE cables/handle are very heavy and pushing up on handle as a hack to ensure communication is ridiculous. Hopefully, the Tesla standard gets adopted industry wide in the future. Much, much, easier and almost never has charging error due to connection. Tesla’s charging solution must be used to appreciate fully.
Don't forget Tesla abandoned their proprietary port outside North America. Tesla cars and Tesla superchargers in Europe all have Mennekes "Type 2" CCS connectors. People who drive early Tesla cars with the old proprietary connector must carry an adapter.
 

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believe it or not.. but there is a sensor which can give an error to close the chargeport lid.... only worked once when my chargeport door was broken :rolleyes:

VW logic smh..
 
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