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I tried playing around with the delayed charging options and I am not impressed. With the android app or the Car itself, there does not appear to be a way to simply set a start and stop time for charging. anyone please tell me to go read the ___ manual if I missed it.

I had to go through and fake out the various peak/off peak to control any sort of timer. Besides the fact that I didn't get it right on the first try, it's a tedious approach at best.

I have free charging at work, and plan to do 95% of my charging there (only owned the volt for a month so far). So what I really want is to add something like 4Kwh to the battery overnight when I am empty before I head to work. Anymore is a waste of money, and any less the ICE turns on.

Before I add a smartplug, anyone know of something I might have missed?

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People generally don't care when the car starts charging, they care when charging is complete.

The settings all focus on a charge complete time so you don't have to do the math yourself.

There are three options for charging: Immediate, Delayed Departure, or Delayed Departure with time of use. Sounds like you're using the third one. You can use the second one and just tell the car what time you want charging completed by for every day of the week.

When you set your "charge complete" time, and open the charge port door, it does tell you what time charging will start. If you only want to get 4kWh in the battery, you can "back out" what your charge complete time should be set to, that will allow you to get the charging amount you want before leaving for work. A bit cumbersome but it should work.

The other option is to use the time of use settings you started messing with, to tell the car that your off peak charging time is from whatever time you want it to start charging until the time that you leave for work. That should also work fine.

Lastly, when you get to work, you can temporarily override these settings to charge immediately, the option exists on the center screen when you stop the car.
 

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Lastly, when you get to work, you can temporarily override these settings to charge immediately, the option exists on the center screen when you stop the car.
Did they take away the immediate option controlled by double-plugging the EVSE?
 

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Set delayed charging to begin about 2 and a half hours before you leave for work (using the standard 120 v EVSE and location based charging). Location based charging will allow 12 amp charging on schedule at home and immediate charging when not home.
The 4 kWh won't always take you the same distance due to temperature or traffic conditions. Also on Sundays and holidays you might get more charge than you want.
You are not going to get another way to do it unless you want to manually start charging each time.
 

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Thanks for the responses so far. AtomicPowered, you nailed the problem I had last night. I set the weekday schedule, but since it was a sunday night, the weekend kicked in and started charging immediately. i currently have it's programmed to start charging at 3AM, which at 8A, should give me about the 4 or 5Kwh's I want by 8am. In the summer, I should be able to push the start time back even further.

I will play around with it for a while before giving up. Ideally, the myChevrolet APP would simply support a manual override/timer, but I agree my case of not wanting to end with a full charge is unique.

Loboc, thanks for the note on the double plugging idea. In a few days when I get the schedule working and confirm it does not charge immediately, I will try the double plug and report back.
 

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My suggestion -- since you are charging at 120v, add a smartplug like you suggested in the OP. The TP-Link HS110 ($40) will also give you energy monitoring in addition to the timer. This will make your life a lot simpler.
 

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If it comes to that in the end, it's not that bad. I have the TP-Link HS100 actually sitting around, I think from an Amazon order with Alexa offer. I would give up the energy monitoring, but nothing else. It's just a shame that kind of control isn't available from the chevrolet APP.
 

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You need to set the data via the car or the online web but you still can activate or deactivate via the smart phone app

Some people even set to charge at low amps ( 6 or 8 ) one hour a day while away on a trip .

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Forgot who here can up with long term partial charging
and 6 amps needs a DIY charger cord kit.
 

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Did they take away the immediate option controlled by double-plugging the EVSE?
That certainly works too, good point.
 

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I set the weekday schedule, but since it was a sunday night, the weekend kicked in and started charging immediately.
Sounds like you just need to program the weekend schedule to meet your needs too then.
 
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