Model 3

Unplugging car without unlocking door

edited November -1 in Model 3
I've always had to unlock a door when I'm charging at home to remove the charging cable. I've just noticed I can now remove the plug by holding the button in on the charging cable and the car unlocks itself if I have my phone on me. When did they patch this in? This has seemed so crazy since I've owned the car.
Now I hope they patch in the ability to hop out of the car to mail a letter, etc. for a few seconds without having to hit the brake again to turn the car on again.
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  • edited November -1
    You can also touch drivers side rear door handle. Especially helpful if you are using an adapter.
  • edited November -1
    So I tried to open the charging port by holding the button on the cable without opening a door and it doesn't work. Only works when unplugging without having to open a door first.
  • edited November -1
    I don't seem to have the touch to not do a full door unlock. But this won't be a problem anymore, at least when unplugging.
    Sound like such a first world problem when i read my post. :)
  • edited November -1
    Rear handle touch unlocks charger port without unlocking door.
  • edited November -1
    I believe the car just needs to be awake and either unlocked or in range of your phone in order to unplug with the button. Pushing a door handle wakes the car up.
  • edited December 2019
    Is this a difference between CCS vehicles and others? I just unlock my type 2 cable via my phone app. Not aware of any buttons.
  • edited December 2019
    Not pushing, touching.
  • edited November -1
    For those who say a handle "touch" unlocks it, do you mean just a touch or actually pushing it in? I've always had to push in a door handle to wake up the car and then unlock the cable. If I make it a quick push and I'm lucky the car will wake up without the door actually opening.

    I just went out to the garage to try a few things out. Touching the front and rear door handle without pushing them in do not wake up the car or unlock the charge cable. Just pressing the button on the charge plug doesn't unlock it, and holding the button down for 10 seconds still didn't unlock it.

    I have 2019.36.2.4, so maybe OP has a newer software version that adds easier unlocking.
  • edited December 2019
    Oh, by the way my car is not actively charging. I wonder if when the car is actually charging then maybe it stays awake and a handle touch or cable button long push might unlock the port.
  • edited December 2019
    I just tried unplugging the cable for the first time this morning, still needed to touch the rear handle to wake the car up first. Firmware 36.2.4.
  • edited December 2019
    I remove my j1772 adapter almost daily with the following technique. I have my phone in pocket. I push lever to remove charger from adapter. Adapter stays in car. I hang the charger. I walk back to car. Touch rear door handle and a second later remove adapter. Then push front door handle to unlock car and get in.
  • edited December 2019
    Dang, missed the part about trying a long push. I'll try again tomorrow morning.
  • edited December 2019
    Oh yeah, and by "touch", I actually have to push the handle in - but just a little, not far enough to actually unlatch the door. I guess the switch in the door senses multiple positions, interesting.
  • edited December 2019
    I don’t move the handle at all. I actually swipe across it from top to bottom.
  • edited December 2019
    the handle is just "Waking" the car. The car cannot be asleep. App will accomplish the same, trunk open etc.
  • edited November -1
    Could be that a sleeping car ignored handle touch. Mine is rarely sleeping because it was charging.
  • edited December 2019
    sleeping car in my experience requires more than a touch on handle. I have to push the handle in about half way. It does not open or unlock the door, just wakes the car.

    If the car is awake I can unplug without touching the car at all. I.E. I connect to the car with the app just before I try to unplug.
  • edited December 2019
    Adapters don’t come out just because the car is awake. Door can be open and adapter stays tight. If when you unplug the charger you pull the adapter at that moment then you can get adapter with charger. If you miss it by a partial second you will have a locked in adapter.
  • edited December 2019
    sorry I missed the adapter part, was just speaking to charging in general. I will bow out :)
  • edited December 2019
    @Joshan, mine works the same as yours.

    @jfaubl, which firmware version do you have? Can you also experiment a little more and report back? You got my hopes up that this was improved - not that it's a big deal the way it is, IMO. Is your experience repeatable? Is it possible that something else woke your car up before you removed the charging cable?
  • edited December 2019
    @jallred I use the J1772 adapter at home also. I don't have an issue with unlocking the charge port because I open the driver's door and put my purse in the car, then walk to the back and press the release button on the J1772 plug. As soon as the charge light turns blue I pull the whole thing, adapter and plug out of the charge port. I just leave the adapter on the plug.

    I might need to buy another adapter just to keep in the car, but so far this works well for me!
  • edited December 2019
    @Sarah that works at one of the places that I charge. But at home and another client place the cable release happens by a little lever that releases it from the adapter. There is no button to tell the car it is releasing, it learns from the plug no longer being there.

    I had struggled with it quite a bit. I'd pull off the charger and try to pull the adapter out. It wouldn't come. Then the door shuts on my adapter. Felt that I looked like a klutz.

    But then I parked at the airport and I changed my mind. At the airport they have 2 chargers for 4 spots (chargers are in the center). They are L2 and J1772. The Tesla's all put the adapter in the port and you tell the attendant when you are coming back. They write it down and they make sure they rotate to you at some point.

    When the attendant or another car owner removes your charger, you don't really want them to be able to remove your adapter. And that is the way it works. If you aren't there with the phone, the adapter won't come out, no matter what.

    I want that if I am there with the phone and I remove the charger that the adapter gets unlocked for a minute.
  • edited November -1
    I'll have to play with it some more to see how it works.
  • edited December 2019
    If you turn on the climate controls from the phone app prior to approaching the car you can just push the charge cable button and remove it.
  • edited November -1
    Just to confirm: if your car is asleep and the HPWC is plugged in and locked, you can NOT wake the car by pushing the HPWC button, nor by just touching a door handle. You must wake the car either by pushing on the door handle (at least enough to wake it), or using the app to wake the car first. I verified this myself today with my May ‘19 on 2019.36.2.4.

    I agree with the OP that it would be convenient to be able to unlock and withdraw the charging cable without having to use a door handle or app first, but not sure if it’s technologically possible as the car would probably have to remain awake when on land power then.

    For those of you who believe you can wake your car to withdraw the charger cord just by pressing the button on the HPWC, your car is probably already awake for sentry, smart summon, or recent app use.
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