Here's an interesting (and unique?) feature described in MINI's press release dated October 28, 2019: > The MINI Cooper SE also includes a programmable > locking feature that can prevent the charge cord > from being unplugged when charging and can > automatically unlock when fully charged to allow > others needing charge access to the charger. [Below, I refer to the "charger" as an EVSE, the acronym for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment.] This locking feature would prevent an unscrupulous EV driver from stealing the charging cord plugged into your MINI before charging is complete. However, because this locking feature may be unique to the MINI, would you have to post a sign to alert miscreants that the charging connector cannot be removed so they won't damage things by trying? Or would the sign just anger someone who wants to appropriate your EVSE and lead them to purposely damage the connector and/or your MINI? "Hello, MINI? How long will it take to get a new charging connector for my SE and how much is this inconsiderate jerk gonna cost me?" If your sign explains that the cable may be unplugged after charging is complete, you would likely want to somehow indicate the anticipated time when charging will be complete. Telling the impatient driver of a discharged EV simply to wait until your MINI's charging LED goes out won't be deemed sufficient. The ChargePoint app includes a "Notify Me" feature that informs needy EV drivers when a public ChargePoint EVSE becomes available. Can the ChargePoint app or others, such as PlugShare, work with the MINI Cooper SE's programmable charge cord locking feature? I wonder what is "programmable" about this lock? Can it be programmed to allow removal at any time during charging (eg. no lock)? Can it be programmed to remain locked after charging is complete to protect one's personal charging cable? Can this feature be programmed to set off an alarm, such as beeping the horn, rather than locking the charging cord to the car? Such an option would prevent damage caused by a brute-force attempt to disconnect a locked charging cord. Just wishful thinking. MINI's app for this car will certainly be able to alert the owner when charging has terminated. Whether charging was terminated prematurely by a faulty EVSE or an EVSE thief, the owner will want to return to their car ASAP to effect a remedy. It will be interesting to see how useful and desirable this locking option turns out to be.