The Skoda Elmo pickup had a simple system.

The charge cable was captive to the vehicle and stored in a
compartment behind what was the grill. A socket was fitted in the
compartment and plugging the cable in completed a circuit via the
earth pin that operated an interlock relay. This also meant that the
integrity of the earth connection in the charging cable was verified
every time the vehicle was driven.

On 11 January 2018 at 06:31, Lee Hart via EV <> wrote:
> Peter C. Thompson via EV wrote:
>> I've driven off with cars that have battery tenders installed and plugs
>> not visible.  Bad scene.
> I've always arranged my charging connector so if/when I drive off, it simply
> unplugs itself. No damage done.
> I almost always use 120vac charging. The charger is in the car. Arcing is
> only a minor issue with AC; arcs automatically extinguish 120 times a second
> (at every zero-crossing). Since virtually every appliance every consumer
> owns works like this, AC receptacles are designed to tolerate occasional
> arcing if someone plugs or unplugs something "live".
> For instance, my LeCar EV has its charging connector on the front grille. I
> drive into the garage nose-first, because that's where the charger is. The
> door to the house is on the right, so I have to walk in front of the car
> anyway to get in or out. That makes it easy and almost automatic to plug it
> in when I arrive home, or unplug it when I leave. Even if I forget, it just
> unplugs itself as I back out.
> --
> Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all
> our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory,
> and a sterner sense of justice than we do. -- Wendell Berry
> --
> Lee Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377,
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