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I’ve been seeing a lot of these BYD Qin plugin hybrids around Shanghai over the last few months. I guess the government subsidies are working.

But, a question for any EV/Plugin owners out there. It seems that a lot of manufacturers put the charging socket right in the middle of the front or rear of the car. (Nissan Leaf for example). Surely the area of the car most likely to be damaged in a minor collision is the front or rear of the car. I imagine front/rear shunts are one of the most common accidents. 

On a pure electric vehicle, couldn’t that, pretty much put the whole vehicle out of commission if the socket is damaged?

Seems odd to me.

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