Programming Peak and Off Peak charging
We just got a 2013 Volt and I'm trying to figure out the charge programming for our situation. We have a year round (no summer/winter) Peak rate from 3 PM until 6 PM on weekdays only and the rest of the time (including all day weekends) at Off Peak. I'm trying to figure out if the "Departure Time" figures into this. Right now I think I select [Delayed Charge] mode then edit departure time to 3 PM Mon - Fri and randomly picked 10 AM on weekends just to have something to enter.
Then I end up on [Delayed Rate & Departure Time Charge] mode and select "charge during off peak rates". Then to [Electric Rate Plan] and select "Yearly". Then program the times as [Start 12 AM , Finish 3 PM (Off-Peak)], [Start 3 PM, Finish 6 PM (Peak)] and [Start 6 PM, Finish 12 AM (Off-Peak)]. That's for weekdays. For the weekends I just set [Start 12 AM, Finish 12AM, (Off Peak)].
However there's a statement (Page 5-33) that says if the settings I programmed result in a very long charge completion time it will start charging immediately. Kind of negates all the programming I just did, say if for instance, I got home at 2:30 PM > Plugged the car in and wasn't planning on using it again until the next morning. I'd like to be able to just plug in the car when I get home and have it charge around my programmed time schedule not based on some estimated time that I may or may not use it.
Big question is: Am I programming this correctly for my objective?
Last edited by rotorgoat8; 06-11-2013 at 10:53 PM.