After driving for six months, I've settled into a routine that has me forget to re-close the lid after disconnecting the charger twice a week, and forget to open the lid before getting out of the car once a week.
The reason for the former is that I generally carry a bag in one hand, and unplug the cable with the other hand, carry it over to the charging port, then get into the car -- not closing the cover.
The reason for the latter is when I stop the car with "P" instead of "power off" to finish listening to a podcast. Then I press "power off" when I get out, which overrides the instinct to pull the port level when getting out.
This leads me to believe that the correct placement of affordances for the charging port is an opener on the outside, and a shutter on the inside -- totally reverse from what it has.
I understand that the charging port right now works like a gas cap, but ... there's no gas to steal, so the lock-out seems pointless.
Does anyone have a good solution to this?
Here's my straw man proposal:
1) Wire up a solenoid to the release for the charging port cover.
2) Wire up a servo to the retaining levers/hinges for the charging port cover.
3) Wire up a small pushbutton in the grille to the right of the front license plate; have this pushbutton activate the solenoid to open the cover.
4) Wire up another pushbutton to the control panel inside the car; probably to the right of the charging timer override button, and have this activate the servo to close to cover. (Gotta be a pretty strong servo -- say 15 kg/cm).
Maybe make it all a bit more failsafe by running it through a trigger-once timer or something -- a little bit of electronics parts I'm fairly comfortable with.
I briefly considered making all this controlled by some bluetooth or similar device from my phone, but getting the phone out of the pocket and getting it to wake up so you can run some "unlock" app is about as much bother as walking around to the driver's side, opening the door, and reaching in to open the cover -- still annoying!
Given the high finish of the car, I'll have to be extra careful when working this to make sure I don't ruin anything external, but I think I can swing that with enough care. I also don't think I will re-sell the car (I drove my previous car for 16 years before scrapping it)
So... ideas? Advice? Shouts of horror?