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    Still haven't found the answer to this anywhere. Anyone have an idea if Model 3 Charge Door is Motorized or Manual opening.

    This would have huge ramifications on the ride sharing. No key fob for ride sharing and with full autonomy all that is left is the motorized charge door, self driving and legislation.
     
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    Someone posted that it was motorized.
    I forget where I saw it though.
     
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      There is an open button and a "close" button once it's open, so that seems to suggest its definitely motorized and makes sense to support the future of autonomous driving.
       
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        I asked Steve Jurvetson for a video clip of it in action.

        This morning he delivered!!

         
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          I like how he still doesn't have a license plate on the car :)
           
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          It usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to get your plates in California after registration.

          Motorized charge door is first class, deluxe all the way! Notice the solid 'thunk' when it closes? That is the sound of quality!
           
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            You guys don't get a temporary paper license plate?
             
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            Opens AND closes. Unexpected. Nice!
             
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              Where we're going, we don't need roads!
               
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                Great news. Made my day.
                 
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                  me too - I was expecting spring loaded open and manual close.
                  This is much better.
                  However, it means I'm definitely going to change my J1772 EVSE to a Tesla Wall Charger now, or at least replacing my Leaf EVSE with a 14-50 socket.
                  Using the J1772 adapter (and not having a key fob) means opening the charge door by phone app or inside the car.
                   
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                  Nope, just a temporary registration about 2" x 6" that scotch tapes in the lower right of the front windshield.
                   
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                    So after charging can you press the button on the charge cord again to close the door?
                     
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                    Wow I can't believe that!

                    Seems really difficult for law enforcement.
                     
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                    THE SECRET IS OUT!

                    We have all been thinking that Elon had something up his sleeve that he wasn't sharing...this is it!

                    MODEL 3 HAS FALCON WING DOORS!
                    ...well at least one anyway. ;)

                    Dan
                     
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                      The door automatically closes when the car is locked (i.e. when you walk away) or when you put it in drive. No need to even hit a button.
                       
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