Some have noted that it appears we have multiple charge ports on our electric XT pickup, and they're right. On the front end of the truck towards the driver's side you will see a rectangular door next to the grill - this is our CCS charge port. At another location behind the front wheel well, in front of the driver's door, you will find another small door on the body panel, which is our in-development Atlis Advanced Charger. We're not the first to have two different charge ports on our vehicle, as you'll find the Audi e-tron, among others, has one on each side. However, our reasons are a little bit different.
Charge port locations across electric vehicles can be found on literally every side and corner of various vehicles, there is no standard. Every manufacturer has their reasons, such as locality differences between countries, or simply where the existing gas fill door is located if the vehicle was converted from a combustion engine model. Atlis has studied this situation carefully and identified the typical use cases of our target customers.
Here in the United States, the trend we're seeing is that most public charging stations have a pull-in, back-out setup, or vice-versa for most Tesla Superchargers*. This is contrary to pull-through designs that we're used to for the past 100 years from gas stations. Part of the reason is that EV chargers (called EVSEs, for “Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment”) are placed in regular parking spots, because electric vehicle charging takes longer than filling up at a gas station - you'll want to be parked, because you're going to be there for a while. For this reason we've placed the CCS coupler at the front of the truck for easiest access to most public fast-charging stations. It's also a convenient place if you pull up to, or into, your own garage for charging overnight via the J1772 port.
The port on the driver's side front fender for the Atlis Advanced Charger is placed there to accommodate the pull-through design, where chargers will be placed on the side of the vehicle. Pull-through designs are the easiest to use when towing a trailer, avoiding the necessity of backing up, and avoiding blocking traffic or blocking multiple chargers. Otherwise, you would need to disconnect the trailer, leaving it in another parking spot while you go and charge, which with larger trailers and campers is very difficult. It's also faster and easier for you to connect and disconnect, just getting out of the driver's door, which is important when you're on the go.
We kept the Atlis Advanced Charger off the rear of the truck (on the bed) because we don't want you to have to deal with the hassle of moving or remounting the charger for those who may swap the bed for something like a flat bed or service body. Relocating or reconnecting these important high-voltage components is something we wanted to avoid to make the installation of whichever utility body you choose as easy as possible.
As always, providing the best customer experience is our guiding design principle, and that is reflected even in our selection of charge port locations.
* Tesla does use pull-through setups at some of their larger supercharger locations like in Kettleman City, CA.