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Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:37 pm
by rcyoder
It would be great if there was some way to mark charger locations as "use charge timer" and automatically start charging immediately when plugged in at other locations.

-- When you plug in at home or some other regular location you probably want to use the charge timer by default. If you *need* to charge now, you'll know and press the button to turn your charge timer off.

-- When you are away from your home and plug in, you probably want to have the car charge immediately. In the rare cases where you want the car to wait, pressing the 'charge timer' button to turn the charge timer on would allow the car to wait to charge.

-- Right now you can set the charge timer to one of:
A) Always on
B) Always off
I would like to add:
C) Location Dependent

Re: Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:46 pm
by thankyouOB
seems rather pointless, to me.
i enjoy the very few minutes during which (I reflect on not having to buy $2500 worth of gasoline a year) it takes me to check the timer and be sure it is going to charge as I want it to depending on where I am, work, home, or elsewhere.

i do wish the charge now button had a default for 80% and an option for 100%, but it is easily worked around.

Re: Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:00 pm
by planet4ever
Doesn't sound pointless to me. The current behavior tripped me up at a Nissan dealer. I stopped there because I figured I needed about half an hour's worth of L2 to make it home. I hit the timer override, plugged it in, and my wife and I went inside to the waiting room. Forty five minutes later I told her we should be OK now, so we went out, I unlatched the nozzle, hung it up, and we started off. Just two miles later, while on the freeway, I got the "Low Battery Warning". What? I'm eighteen miles from home, and I got that warning before about a mile before I got to the dealer. So I got like three miles charge in forty five minutes??

Well, I slowed down, got off the freeway when I had a chance, and took the "old highway" the last ten miles home at 35 mph. I made it, probably just barely before I got to Turtle. Thinking back, I had noticed that I was parked next to a new LEAF where its presumed new owner was being shown the ropes. The only explanation I could come up with was that while demonstrating how the charging station works the Nissan specialist had temporarily unplugged my car and plugged it back in. Yup, that canceled the timer override, so no more juice for me after that.

Since then I have made it a rule to NEVER use the timer override button in a case like that. Instead I go down through the console menus and turn off the timer there, hopefully remembering to turn it back on later. What a pain!

Ray

P.S. Someone here later pointed out to me that another solution is to set up Carwings notification to send my cellphone a text whenever charging stops. Not a good solution for me, since I have to pay 25ยข for every text message I get, and I would be getting one every night. (My wife and I are really old, and have never learned how to talk with our thumbs.)

Re: Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:45 pm
by LEAFer
I like the idea.

I got tripped up ... not from myself ... but the Service Tech who promised to plug it in (he did), but forgot to (or was unaware of having to) hit the override button. Also about 45 minutes in my case ... and same procedure (slow backroads) to make it home :(

Re: Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:55 pm
by P71VIC
Fantastic idea

Re: Make the Charge Timer location specific

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:39 pm
by smkettner
Yes and I want 100% at work and 80% at home, automatic. Choice of end timer or immediate.
Climate control could turn on 3 times a day also.