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... for me... It's not the easily scratchable glossy plastics or touch senstive controls or lack of some lighted controls or lack of dedicated rear window buttons or lack of one pedal driving or lack of heat pump in US version or not so fast charging but... it's the damn charging port location...

Why on earth would they pick rear right location? IMO it's one of the worst locations for EV which meant to spend most of the time charging at home. I would have been fine with front like in Leaf or front left side like in I had in Volt/Bolt or even rear left would have been ok like in Tesla. Of course VW isn't the only one who is guilty of that, Hyundai/Kia as well as Toyota also doing the same thing, there are some China made EVs using right front location.

There are a few options how to solve it for manufacturers. Either 1) standardize location of the port 2) add two locations on both sides at least
I too would prefer the charging port to be on the driver's side or up front. However, in the case of the VW, most German ICE cars have the filler access on the right side of the car. That's because the mufflers on most of those cars are on the left side, and for safety, they purposely placed the filler in a location where spilled fuel would not likely come in contact with a hot exhaust system. The location of the EVSE port may be a carry-over of that logic. Anyway, that's my "seat of the pants" guess. 馃ぅ YMMV.
 

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Actually Germans fuel on the passenger side because they historically used roadside fuel pumps they would drive alongside. It's NOT because their exhaust is on the driver's side. The fuel filler position came first, and the opposite exhaust followed.
That makes good sense. Thankyou for the historical reasoning for the filler location on most (if not all) German ICEVs. Begs the question if their EVs are still going to "fill up" from roadside fast chargers? :unsure:
 

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Backing in will work for me so long as I don't need to open the rear hatch. Otherwise, the EVSE cord (more like a cable) is 25' long and will reach the farthest the EVSE port can be while in the garage. YMMV.:cool:
 

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Backing up into cross traffic may be illegal depending on you local regulations, it is where I live. And there's an increased risk of at fault collision.
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Unless you can turn around on your driveway, doesn't that require you to backup from the street? Thankfully, it's not illegal were I live. YMMV. ;)
 

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I think there should be a charge port on all four corners of the car. This way, everyone is happy! You could even back in sometimes to change ports. Wait, how about one on each side of the roof too?
I remember older cars having the filler behind the rear license plate and some behind a taillight. VW could do something similar. :unsure: YMMV.
 
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