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Charging Port - better weather proofing

Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:12 am

This is a great car in the snow with the winter tire kit!

The charging ports is a major pain however. My Bev lives outdoors and is always connected to the grid to take advantage of preset preconditionings or cabin warming before heading off on an errand. The opened charge port flap allows snow and ice to accumulate to the point of my requiring to clean the latch and hinge areas in order to close the flap. The gasket around the flap also requires cleaning before closing.

A better design is required IMHO, simply redesigning the flap to hinge upwards with a rubber flap from the inner port area connected to the flap door to seal the areas below from freezing rain and snow would save me a lot of time digging out snow and ice before departures.
2015 i3 BEV Lodge with winter tire kit. Juicebox Pro 40a EVSE
2005 Honda S2000
1976 GMC Palm Beach motorhome

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Re: Charging Port - better weather proofing

Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:37 am

I agree 100%. Even without the rubber flaps a port door that hinges at the top would be a helpful improvement.
Bill S.
2018 BMW i3 94 Rex
1997 BMW Z3
2008 Volvo C30 (traded in)

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Re: Charging Port - better weather proofing

Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:30 pm

2014 BMW i3 REx
2014 BMW i3 BEV - retired

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