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Hi All

just got back home after doing shopping and about 1 mile from home there was a very loud and sharp tone in the Audio and a briefly( I think ?) a red car front view line drawing flashed up between the time and the temp/available millage reading. Car showed no effects and got home fine. shut car down and exited and locked. Went back a few minutes later switched on ignition ready to drive off BUT now I have a symbol which looks like it is telling me to plug in the charger but as can be seen (in attached picture) there is plenty of milage and it is consistent with the energy reading on the right.

Explanation would be welcome. Additionally there are ,I guess, symbols that flash up if there are problems and has any body got a picture and or description of symbols that could flash up if the on board computer indicates some issue

thanks in advance for any help/comments

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The car symbol you saw was the "approach control warning". Which symbol do you think indicates the car wants you to plug in the charger? In your photo, I see the safety belt reminders and the parking brake indicator.

Here are some relevant clippings from the owner's manual PDF for my 2021:
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Thanks Michael C

That was most useful. A sharp noise and a car symbol does make sense as a warning except at that time I was not closing on anyone. Next to the available range of 78 miles there is a symbol that looks like a charging plug and lead with a small arrow see attached picture to the left of it pointing towards the plug and wire symbol. The Blue arrow I have annotated is the symbol I am interested in. To be honest I have not thought about it much before. It was just the alarm that made me scrutinise the dash more closely when I got home. Regarding the symbols thanks for the info and I had worked two of those those out OK. But from what you are saying there seem to be symbols that I can't find in the handbook that may come on under certain conditions. A description of all the symbols that could appear would be very useful.
thanks for your help

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I have read that some people have experienced a false activation of the 'approach control warning' due to heaves in the road or similar scenarios where the car was at an odd angle due to incline.

Your blue arrow helps! That is the SE's built-in range estimator telling you how many miles it thinks you can drive. So, in this picture, your SE thinks you can drive 78 miles before needing to plug in. In the EV world, this is called the Guess-O-Meter (often shortened to 'GOM') because it is often inaccurate. And the SE's GOM is incredibly pessimistic compared to others. Odds are good that you can drive much farther--especially since your consumption is showing 4.3 mi/kWh, which should be good for another 93 miles at your state of charge (looks like 75%).
 

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Hi Michael again

and thank for your comments. It seems that from what you have said that the approach control warning does activate under some unintentional conditions.

regarding the "GOM" I understand the basics about it and, well, I sometimes that approximate is too good a word for it! and yes I seem to get, particularly on a long run (for me 80miles is a long run) more miles than it says.

until the incident ACW I looked more carefully at the symbol to the left of the available mileage , I have circled it in the attached picture I had not really noticed a plug and lead symbol with an arrow which suggested to me I should plug it in. Of course I just might have not been observant enough and perhaps it is allways has been there

I realise in asking all the questions I might be indicating I am not as observant as I should be !!

but thanks for you help thus far

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I'm going to guess and say the arrow pointing at the plug is to show the charge port is on the right hand side of the car.

Similar to ICE car fuel gauges that showed a pump with an arrow to indicate which side of the car the fuel filler nozzle was..

Like I said a guess... I actually don't know which side of the car the charge port is on right hand drive SEs...
 

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I have read that some people have experienced a false activation of the 'approach control warning' due to heaves in the road or similar scenarios where the car was at an odd angle due to incline.

Your blue arrow helps! That is the SE's built-in range estimator telling you how many miles it thinks you can drive. So, in this picture, your SE thinks you can drive 78 miles before needing to plug in. In the EV world, this is called the Guess-O-Meter (often shortened to 'GOM') because it is often inaccurate. And the SE's GOM is incredibly pessimistic compared to others. Odds are good that you can drive much farther--especially since your consumption is showing 4.3 mi/kWh, which should be good for another 93 miles at your state of charge (looks like 75%).
I don't know if all Mini SE's potential collision warning indicator sounds are the same but normally, the tone is a rapid beeping rather than a steady-state tone. Occasionally the warning sounds unexpectedly perhaps due to the different size and shape of the obstacle (leading vehicle) seen by the camera.
 

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Hi all

and thanks for the replies.

Jkoya the charging port (on a UK RH drive model) is on the right hand side of the car. I think it the fact that I had not scrutinised the dash symbols in enough detail before the noise and symbol issue that started the post. I have concluded form the comments that the symbol has always been there !! And it seems sensible that it could suggest that the charging point is on the car RH side.

not batman it seems as you and others have said that the Approach Control Warning is prone the the occasional mis triggering . Since this incident have been out a couple of times charged up a further couple of times and all seems as I expect it to be. So thanks for all you advise and help

Happy E Mini motoring !!

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Jkoya the charging port (on a UK RH drive model) is on the right hand side of the car. I think it the fact that I had not scrutinised the dash symbols in enough detail before the noise and symbol issue that started the post. I have concluded form the comments that the symbol has always been there !! And it seems sensible that it could suggest that the charging point is on the car RH side.
I checked our SE (US Model) and the same symbol is always displayed on the dash.

Here is a pic of the dash on the new BMW i4 and if you look at the battery symbol, there is a small arrowhead pointing to the right. The charge port of the BMW i4 is on the right hand side. Could be coincidence though.

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Our Taycan has charging ports on both side (only one side accepts DC fast charging though). I'll see what symbols there are when the car gets back from the detail shop.

Happy E Mini Motoring to you as well !!!
 
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