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Scheduled charging allows specifying periods where:
Scheduled charging periods will override the regular charging settings. In particular, solar tracking will not occur when a scheduled period is active. Also, price and renewables limits are ignored during an Always Charge period.
Always Charge allows specifying periods where the vehicle will always charge according to the period settings. The period settings are:
When the vehicle's battery reaches the specified level Charge HQ will revert to the regular settings. For example, if solar tracking is usually enabled, then solar tracking will resume when the specified charge level is reached.
This is useful to enable an overnight "top up" charge to a minimum charge level during off-peak hours. For example:
This example will cause the vehicle to charge between 00:00 and 04:00 until the battery reaches 40%. If solar tracking is enabled then charging will stop when the battery reaches 40%, because there is no solar during the night. Charging will also stop by 04:00 even if the battery is below 40%.
NOTE: Charge HQ does not control the vehicle charge limit. If the vehicle charge limit is below the scheduled charge limit then charging will stop when the vehicle's limit is reached. Charge HQ will display a warning in this case.
Always Charge periods will charge at a fixed power (amps), as specified by the Charge Amps setting. Notes:
Do Not Charge periods allow specifying periods where charging will not occur. This is useful for those on time-of-use electricity plans to prevent charging during peak periods.
This example will cause charging to stop between 16:00 and 21:00 each weekday.
When a scheduled period is active a message is shown on the home screen, as shown in this example.
When no scheduled period is active then the default settings apply. This includes solar tracking if enabled. To clarify: it is not necessary to configure Always Charge periods during solar hours if you want to charge from solar - simply enable Solar Tracking.
The schedule interacts with the control mode as follows:
The above behaviours are designed so that when there is any doubt of the user's intentions, the vehicle will charge. If you need to temporarily disable an overnight Always Charge period, you can disable scheduled charging or simply not plug the vehicle in - selecting STOP will not prevent the Always Charge from occurring.
Schedule periods must have start time < end time, i.e. they can't span midnight.
This is to avoid confusion caused by day-of-week scheduling. For example, the period 10:00 pm to 6:00 am Mon - Fri would be unclear. Does it start Monday 10:00 pm or Sunday 10:00 pm?