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2013 Tesla Model S: Hidden Door

April 11, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

It was my first time charging our Model S. I pulled up to the charging station and spent a good five minutes circling the car, looking for the door to its charge port. Where could it be?

Then I figured that, like everything else on this high-tech luxury cruiser, the door was probably operated via touchscreen. I was right.

There on the touchscreen display was a control that allowed me to open the door. I tapped my finger on the screen and heard a little pop of surrender, which let me know the cunningly concealed door had finally revealed itself.

Aesthetically, the hidden door is in perfect harmony with the Model S's clean, sleek approach to design.

2013 Tesla Model S

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    If there's any electric car that could be successful, it's this one. If only they could bring down the price (and I don't mean with smoke and mirrors like on the Tesla website). If this exact car was below $50k, I could stretch the budget a little to give it real consideration as my next car purchase. And the thing is, I *want* to consider it, but the price is prohibitively high.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    If you're taking an EV out for the first time, why wouldn't you take a moment to familiarize yourself with something as vital as the charge port? Thankfully, my Leaf uses a simple hood-release-like lever to pop the nose cover. No touchscreen required.

  • greygabe greygabe Posts:

    http://www.teslamotors.com/models/walkthrough/playlist#3 Go to about 30 seconds in... You can also press the button on the plug and the charging port opens. Slightly more convenient than using the touchscreen...

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