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All EV should have their charge ports located on the passenger side of the car vs driver's side. As some day when there are enough EV on the road there will like be charging infrastructure at road side parking thus for safety the charge port should be on the passenger side to prevent accidental knocking off by passing vehicles.
 

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All EV should have their charge ports located on the passenger side of the car vs driver's side.
Driver front fender is perfect. I get out, plugin. No need to walk around the car.
 

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I agree with Steverino. Having it on the driver's side is way more convenient. But, I charge in my garage. I've only attempted to charge once away from my garage, and I had to perpendicular-park for that. It would make sense to have perpendicular parking at the roadside charging stations and I strongly doubt that those stations would be built right on busy streets. Charging stations in Europe are either in parking lots or require parking perpendicular to the curb, IIRC. It makes good sense that that practice would be followed here.
 

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Until public charging stations have longer cords I perfer a front middle port. I hate backing into parking spots. And most public charging station have a left or right side leaning cable. If a spot it blocked you stand a better chance of being able to plug in with a front center port. Just an opinion.
 

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Having spent a number of years with a driver's front fender car and with a driver's rear fender/taillight car, I actually prefer the rear fender overall - it eliminates the awkward dance around the door for those occasions where the car is not unplugged before the door was opened, and is an easy step away for quick access.

Of course, a lot depends on the charge cord location. Rear fender works best if the cord is behind the car, which will usually require backing in to the location. If the cord was always going to be in front of the car, I might prefer the front fender despite how often the door gets in the way.
 

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Future public charging stations may go with inductive charging mats. A retro fit to mate will be required to port only models. Hands free charging is on its way.
 

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I doubt that EVSEs would require parallel parking spaces on busy roads. I prefer driver’s side front since that’s all I have ever known.

For public charging, a standard should be developed for wireless. No cords at all.
 

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For charging at home, drivers side front quarter panel like the Volt is by far the best. There is a problem in that public charging is different and the best spot for a charger port for various public charger is probably front center like the Leaf. But since most of us charge at home 98% of the time, putting the charger port anywhere but drivers side front quarter panel would be optimizing the car for 2% of the time we charge, not the 98%.
 
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Why not go the route of the Lotus Esprit and put one on each front fender? How much can a hole in the fender, a door, a charger port and some wiring add to the cost of the car? A couple hundred bucks, maybe? Now you have the best of both worlds.
 

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Why should auto manufacturers not give EV drivers the same joy of "where's the fill point" as they do with their ICE engines?
 

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My ex-girlfriend was driving her new Honda Civic way back in the day and we stopped off to get a tank of gas. She asked me to get out and find out which side the fuel filler was on, because she couldn't remember. I told her to look for the arrow next to the gas gauge and that the fuel door was on the side the arrow pointed to. She looked down and said, "When did they start putting an arrow for the fuel door there?" It is funny what you always assumed everyone knows, isn't.

Why should auto manufacturers not give EV drivers the same joy of "where's the fill point" as they do with their ICE engines?
 

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Until public charging stations have longer cords I perfer a front middle port. I hate backing into parking spots. And most public charging station have a left or right side leaning cable. If a spot it blocked you stand a better chance of being able to plug in with a front center port. Just an opinion.
I am the complete opposite. Backing into a spot is much safer than trying to back out.
Plus, I find with larger vehicles, it's easier to back in than to pull in.
I like the driver side fender like the volt has.
 
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My ex-girlfriend was driving her new Honda Civic way back in the day and we stopped off to get a tank of gas. She asked me to get out and find out which side the fuel filler was on, because she couldn't remember. I told her to look for the arrow next to the gas gauge and that the fuel door was on the side the arrow pointed to. She looked down and said, "When did they start putting an arrow for the fuel door there?" It is funny what you always assumed everyone knows, isn't.
Some cars don't have an arrow. Actually many had the hose on the icon showing which side the fill point is. None of my previous had this relate to fill point but then they were older cars.
 

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Make the charge station cables long enough and the port location on the car doesn't matter. There's a 2 plug station in my town that has cables so short, it barely reaches my Volt if I have to use the left hand spot.
 

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Why should auto manufacturers not give EV drivers the same joy of "where's the fill point" as they do with their ICE engines?
That's pretty well standardized, though: It's on the opposite side from the muffler. How do you remember which side the muffler is on? You find the gas gauge, and there's a little arrow on it that points AWAY from the side with the muffler. Simple!
 

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That's pretty well standardized, though: It's on the opposite side from the muffler. How do you remember which side the muffler is on? You find the gas gauge, and there's a little arrow on it that points AWAY from the side with the muffler. Simple!
Isn't the Gen 1's exhaust located in the center. Shouldn't the charge port be located up front as in the Leaf?
 

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Some cars don't have an arrow. Actually many had the hose on the icon showing which side the fill point is. None of my previous had this relate to fill point but then they were older cars.
First showed up in European cars in about 2005. By 2010, pretty much all cars had the arrow.
 
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