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Plugged In - Cooling/Heating Car

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Struja, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. Struja

    Struja Member

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    Like many, I have my car set up to start charging overnight. My car is usually fully charged by 6am or 7am and I typically leave the house at 8am.

    I have been cooling the car via the phone app for about 10-15 minutes before I leave. So, I start cooling at about 7:50am.

    Does the car automatically draw energy from the HPWC just by virtue of being connected or do you have to actually be actively charging while cooling the car?
     
  2. Saghost

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    If the car is plugged in and the HVAC is on, it will draw power from the wall for the HVAC, even if it's in a scheduled charging mode (just enough to match the HVAC load.)
     
  3. Struja

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    Awesome. Is there any indication that shows the car is drawing current from the wall?
     
  4. conman

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    Look at your wall charger, you'll see the light being animated whenever it's drawing current. Also on you car's display it will show the current draw from the charger. Heating can use up to 4kW I've found.
     
  5. wayner

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    I can see heating the car in winter but cooling your car at 7:45am? Really? In the summer of 2017?
     
  6. Struja

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    I have an insulated garage. When my wife parks her ICE car it emits a lot of heat. It is normal for the garage to be in the low 30's in the summer mornings - plus I wear a suit everyday, so if I don't cool the car I start to sweat.
     
  7. Lon12

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    My wife emits a lot of heat even without her ICE. :eek:
     
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  8. TrevTremaine

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    If your departure time is consistent, you can toggle a setting to allow the car to prepare itself in advance. It'll take a couple of days of learning from my understanding, but it's dependent upon consistency. If you go to Settings/Vehicle you'll see "Smart Preconditioning" - toggle it on, and you won't have to use the app everyday to get the car to the right temperature.
     
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