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    Default Poll: How Often Do You Use the Delayed Charge Feature?

    Curious to see how often people are using the delayed charge feature.
    Last edited by Marc Lee; 06-23-2011 at 01:39 PM.
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    I use it every day, except on rare occasions when I know I'm going back out, say on a weekend.

    I have my schedule set to have my car fully charged for 7am monday through friday, on delayed charging.
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    Since I get a fantastic rate on off peak hours, i use it every weeknight!

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    I use mine regularly M-F, to be ready to leave by 5:00am. While in Texas I don't have peak/off peak rates, I'm at least trying to be "grid friendly" since the highest usage is late afternoon through early/late evening.
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    I would have chosen NEVER if that had been a choice. It's a pain to set the charger and if there is any confusion you can end up without any charge. Charging immediately means that I'm always at full charge and ready to go. If I had a separate meter and a good rate I'd probably do it at least some of the time, but the utilities are setting the rates, and if the rates are the same regardless of the time of day then the utility is telling me is to charge when it suits me not them.

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    I use 110v and plugin when the car arrives at home. There is no need for a delay. If I had 240v, I might use delayed charge.
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    I have the coveted PG&E E7 time-of-use rate schedule. During the summer weekdays, I pay about 4 times (!!) as much for electricity from noon to 6pm. Obviously, I set my Volt's charge schedule so it doesn't start charging until 6pm. There is also a difference in Winter, but not as drastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssj4vegita2002 View Post
    I use it every day, except on rare occasions when I know I'm going back out, say on a weekend.

    I have my schedule set to have my car fully charged for 7am monday through friday, on delayed charging.
    Me too. But I charge at work as well and it takes most of the day on 110. So I set it to begin immediately when I arrive at work to catch the 2 hours of "off peak" left. So I answered 50%

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    I always use delayed charging to take advantage of much cheaper electricity from PG&E between midnight and 7AM. It's so easy to set up the car to do this I'm somewhat shocked that more people above don't do it! Even if you don't get TOU rates from you power company, you still should be charging when the grid is under less stress. As part of our "mission" we should be helping our power companies avoid the necessity of building new power plants. (That also keeps OUR bills lower!) My bill has only gone up by about $25/month. Not bad given that I would probably be paying $150/month if I was still running on gas!

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    I haven't signed up for off-peak rates (if it is available in my area), but I also do try to be grid-friendly. Which is why I rarely use delayed charge.
    That is the case because I usually get home from work at around 3am, then begin charging immediately.
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