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I just installed a new Clipper Creek in my garage. Now that I am charging at 240 should I set the delayed charge, or just plug it in when I get home and have it charge immediately. I get home about 5pm and the car is charged by 8pm. I have heard it might be better to have the charge finish closer to when I leave again in the morning around 6am so the battery stays warmer. I have also heard just let the car stay plugged in all the time and this warms the battery. I appreciate the feedback.
 

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I immediate charge and plug in always at home. Almost 4 years with Volt then ELR. My thinking is don't over-think it. Of course 24x7x365 at the same rate (5.5c/kWh) makes it easy.
 

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I started using a schedule to take advantage of time of use rates. It is about half the cost for me to delay charging to 7pm.
 

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I charge based on departure time. Off peak electricity costs less, and theoretically the battery will be warmer when I leave in the morning, giving more range.

I set it to about an hour before I usually leave, since I sometimes leave early and want a full charge.

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Hi all-

I just installed a new Clipper Creek in my garage. Now that I am charging at 240 should I set the delayed charge, or just plug it in when I get home and have it charge immediately. I get home about 5pm and the car is charged by 8pm. I have heard it might be better to have the charge finish closer to when I leave again in the morning around 6am so the battery stays warmer. I have also heard just let the car stay plugged in all the time and this warms the battery. I appreciate the feedback.
Well done.

It depends. If HOME is the only place you charge and only charge overnight, then yes.

Personally, I charge overnight at home, daily at work and throughout the day at home when I'm not at work. 'Delayed charging' is not a good fit for me on my Gen 1 2012. I just remote start prior to leaving (when I remember) to warm things up just fine.
 

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I have flat rate billing so I plug my Volt in EVERY time I pull into my garage and keep it fully charged. BUt if you have a TOU rate then of course adjust your charging accordingly. Remember you have back up so should you need to drive your Volt before its fully charged your covered.

BEV's on a TOU could get caught under charged, that's the beauty of the Volt. You can live your life.
 

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Befor adding solar pv system, I used to use delayed charging to have the Volt ready for each new morning. After the solar system, I frequently charge in the middle of the day, figuring I am making power that the utility really doesn't want at that time. Not a big deal either way I guess.
 

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Thanks for the replies! My electricity rates are the same at any time of the day. So I might as well keep it plugged in, charged, and ready to go. I was just wondering if the battery would be in a better state(warmed) and precondiditoned if it just finished charging.
 
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