Submitted by mickenordin on Wed, 2011-10-12 15:31
First, Great car!!
I live in the north of Europe (Sweden) and on the parkinglots most have electric poles for all cars.
These are used during winter when electric heating are needed.
Most of them are just 10A, 240VAC but at some places 3Phase 50A+ outlets are set up to prepare for the electric invasion.
Now to my concern:
Almost all cars in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland have a electric inlet port (usually brand Defa or Calix) somewhere in the front of the car, inside the grill or around the headlights. So when we have parked the car the front is close to the electric pole and we just need a short cable between. We also do not step or trip on the cables (that can be buried in snow) that the car besides me have connected.
Now, the Testa S has the connector on one side which I see will be a problem here.
Solving the problem is easy:
There must be a Additional Charge port located at the front of the car for at least the nothern hemisphere market.
With the usually narrow parkinglots there is just no space for a sidemounted change port cable.
A front mounted charge port is the best solution and also similar to the electric heating solution people is used to today.
Tesla have wintertested their cars here in Sweden so they should know how the parking lots elecric outlets look like.
My 5 cents