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Thanks to ECOLAM Automotive, I now have TWO Volts!! :)

BUT, trying to park them both in our garage is a challenge. We are now wired with two 220 lines for future Teslas or Level 2 for the Volts. Yet the stupid design of the plugs is begging for someone to walk by the cars they walk out of the garage past the cars and stumble into them and break the charge port and/or plug. Same for the Telsa port.

Doesn't the BMW i3 have a better design where the plug goes in the front right quarter panel and is flush with the longitudinal axis of the car vs the crow bar leverage provided by the plug hanging out like on the Volt??

I tried to explain this problem to the so called "Product Specialists" at the Chicago Auto Show in 2015 but they were clueless and defensive.
 

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No, i3 has plug just like Volt, only the designers decided to make the horrible decision to put it in place of the gas tank filler on the rear passenger quarter panel, so many charging stations could have trouble reaching it without backing in. Even my garage would be awkward since my EVSE is at the front left since I park on the left side.
 

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Dang designers ! WHO GAVE THEM the right to not let me drive off with the charger cord connected like I can do with the gas hose ;-)
 

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Does it stick out farther than the door sticks out when you get in or out of the car? If you can open the door one wouldn't think you'd have a problem walking past the plug.
 

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I fail to see how the i3 charge port is any better. The i3 has a bigger door, but the plugs seems to stick out the same.
 

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As an EE, I see that the charge handle is long because some force is needed to plug in and wipe the pins inside for a new metal contact, so it is grabbed by thel handle to push in. People complained about the simple 120 VAC home plug, too because their furniture will hit the plug and even knock them out.

Since the charge plug is a SAE standard, I would suggest making the plug "flatter" ( like a "L" shape) so only the contact part is horizontal, and the handle with the cable lays downward. I have a home extension cable that has a flat plug and the cable hangs sideward (our 120 VAC outlets are horizontal). Someone here may manufacture a replacement plug and sell it as a upgrade.

The final solution is contactless charging, or "resonant inductive" charging, which will eliminate all plugs, and the EV will charge wireless while parked.
 

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Thanks to ECOLAM Automotive, I now have TWO Volts!! :)

BUT, trying to park them both in our garage is a challenge. We are now wired with two 220 lines for future Teslas or Level 2 for the Volts. Yet the stupid design of the plugs is begging for someone to walk by the cars they walk out of the garage past the cars and stumble into them and break the charge port and/or plug. Same for the Telsa port.

Doesn't the BMW i3 have a better design where the plug goes in the front right quarter panel and is flush with the longitudinal axis of the car vs the crow bar leverage provided by the plug hanging out like on the Volt??

I tried to explain this problem to the so called "Product Specialists" at the Chicago Auto Show in 2015 but they were clueless and defensive.
It's hardly an issue. It sounds like you need a bigger garage ;-)
 

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It's hardly an issue. It sounds like you need a bigger garage ;-)
Or a smaller belly! Seriously though, it doesn't stick any farther than the side mirror.

OP, have you considered parking the car on the left side of the garage facing outward and the one on the right facing inward? Driver doors will be farther apart.
 

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The front of the car like the Leaf, Kia, Audi and others is a much better design...
 

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The front of the car like the Leaf, Kia, Audi and others is a much better design...
I prefer having the charge port at the front of the vehicle, like my LEAF. My Blink L2 is located in the middle of the garage and convenient to use when I drive the EV into the garage. Also the shortest distance to drag the EVSE plug to the vehicle. So far have not had any problems with plugging in the Volt in the garage. If the charge port was located near the rear of the vehicle, that would make charging a lot more inconvenient. Also, I hate back a vehicle into the garage.
 

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I have complained before that the J1772 handle of the included 120V charger that comes with the 1st Gen Volt is too long. It also has issues with the strain relief breaking because of the angle the cable comes out of the handle. My favorite connector is the one Ford has been using with their PHEVs.
 

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I love the Volt's and Bolt's plug placement. I get out of the car and plugin, walk into the house. No walking around to the front (Leaf), or rear (Tesla) or opposite rear side (i3).

I can walk to the rear to remove groceries, or walk around the passenger side all without encountering the plug. For me, the second best location would be the front of the car. It's not as close or convenient but better than the rear.
 

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I love the Volt's and Bolt's plug placement. I get out of the car and plugin, walk into the house. No walking around to the front (Leaf), or rear (Tesla) or opposite rear side (i3).

I can walk to the rear to remove groceries, or walk around the passenger side all without encountering the plug. For me, the second best location would be the front of the car. It's not as close or convenient but better than the rear.
I think we can agree that front-half placement of the charge port is better than rear placement.

While toying around with a used Model S purchase, I realized that I would need to park backwards on the left side only of my driveway for my charging cord to rear the S's left rear port position.

With the driver's side door position on the Volt and Spark, I can charge both regardless of whether they are parked on the left or right side as long as they are parked on the front half of my driveway.
 

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I like the plug port where it is, on the Volt. I plug in when I exit, without having to walk around the car, dragging a cable with me. ANd I plug out as I enter the vehicle.

And I am not sure what the problem is with protrusion. The handle protrudes no more than the side view mirror. And the J1772 handle design is not GMs. It is SAEs. Granted it is a few inches shorter/longer depending on who makes the EVSE but I hardly find the size an inconvenience, and I have used a multitude of EVSEs.
 

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The plug is in exactly the right place, next to the drivers door where you can't miss it. If it was anywhere else you might forget about it and try to drive away with the plug attached to the car. You should hang your center charger from the ceiling with a drop down cable. I was in a parking garage in Boston last night that had EV spaces, the cables dropped down from the ceiling so I know that's an option.

In the long run the better solution is wireless charging which would eliminate the cable altogether.

https://www.pluglesspower.com/
 

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Then people would complain that they can't walk past the front... ;-) It's a non-issue really.
Since the Volt does not have DCFC, the present charge port location is ok to me. However, if the EV has DCFC then it is more convenient if the plug is on the front of the EV or very close. The cable on the eVgo and other vendors' I have used are very heavy. Not easy to drag it for plugging in the side.
 

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The front of the car like the Leaf, Kia, Audi and others is a much better design...
I'd agree that Front center is the best position for _flexibility_, but the best position depends on the individual owner. In particular, driver's side is, I think most likely to be the fastest for home charging since the driver (often alone) doesn't have to walk around the car to plug or unplug.

Because of our garage layout, a front-and-center location would be inconvenient, since the front-left of the car is the best location for a bicycle and with a bicycle parked there, it blocks access to the front of the car. Should be able to make front and center work, by shifting things around, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as fast as having the wall charger close to the driver's door.
 

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You couldn't anyway. The car will not go in to "gear" if it is still plugged in. Same for every other EV or PHEV I have seen...

And I can't see it from the driver's seat on the Gen 2 anyway...

The plug is in exactly the right place, next to the drivers door where you can't miss it. If it was anywhere else you might forget about it and try to drive away with the plug attached to the car.
 
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