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Charge port location problem

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

"The car is immobilized when the charge port is connected." This is true, otherwise I AM the person who backs into my spot and would otherwise "WHANG" the charger out of one of the two sockets otherwise! :)

- Not very many of us back in and pull out forwards.

I always do. It's so much safer.

Having the port by the rear wheels is fine, but there needs to be one on each side--even if there is a manual selection control (aka switch) to choose which side is hot.

How about this:

Bury an inductive charger in your garage or carport floor. This is a large coil of wire hooked to the 220. To charge the car, you need to put the car's coil close to the charging coil. The same coil can be used for both charging and communication. When you park over the coil, the car's coil detects the presence of the charging coil and after a few minutes to make sure you are there to stay, the car's coil can be lowered , and use communication (or signal strength) to optimize its position over the charging coil.

This way you can charge automatically without doing anything! No wires to coil and uncoil, no contacts to get dirty or corroded.

If you don't like this idea, you could complain to the inventor, but unfortunately he died quite a while ago. His ideas do live on though.

We park two cars in an extremely narrow garage. We live in a very busy downtown area and don't really have any other option for parking. So both cars are parked with passenger door close to the wall, one back in and one front in. Thankfully, my Kia has auto-folding side mirrors. Putting the charging cable on the side just means one more PITA thing to squeeze past, and maneuver trash bags and packages past as we go through our lives. I would love to have a port in the front and/or rear.

Many years down the road, how possible is an inductive strip running down long highways to charge the car while driving it?

What technological hurdles are there for it?

I picture a Gen III that lacks in range to save in cost and battery weight but capable of inductive charging from the road while you drive. Maybe More like Gen VIII?

BYT, my favorite! Inductive highways.
+ "Infinite" range, so much better than any ICE!
+ Smaller, lighter batteries -> lighter cars, cheaper cars, more MPG(e)
- Massive investments in infrastructure required
- Inductive charging technology of this kind still in its infancy

The idea is not new, and is being pursued while we speak. I've posted a couple of links in some older threads in this forum, cannot find them now unfortunately.

Yeah! Solar roadways would work great with traffic abrasion and snow and debris and snowplow blade damage!


Well hold on a second Brian, as well I agree that snow and debris on the road can all but render the solar road useless, they are working on materials that will make the class hard as steel to handle the weight of the huge rigs and snowplow blades. Even if the surface is scared, sunlight still penetrates it just fine. The technology to do this is not here yet, but who's to say it can't get there and this would still make for a great solution for sidewalks, parking lots, intersections, ect.

It's not the perfect solution for every road or environment but it's a start and the best I have heard for our roadway infrastructure and waste management problems (using recycled plastics) that I have heard in a long time.

What would scare the roadways? Growling semis? ;)
That might leave them emotionally scarred, as well!

As I keep telling people, solar and all other renewables (as public utilities, not private niche setups) will be economic roadkill in about 5 yrs (maybe sooner if people twig to the info--the "news"--before the hardware arrives). .
Power at 1/10 the cost of coal generation, viable for a billion or two years of supply.

Re: LPPHysics. Hey, it'll be great if it works. But unless it runs my Model S, we don't need to talk about it more in this forum.

Solar road would plain cost too much and be way too hard to maintain. Roads are cheap.

In very large parking lot like some airport it could work much much better. Maybe even as landing strip cover (teeny weeny fraction of the landing strips are at use at any time, and they need to be at good condition and clear from obstacles anyway).

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