Charging: The Volt has a pretty slick feature that is simplified for the masses ... delayed charging.
Keep reading even if you are not on an hourly rate plan (or Time Of Use: TOU) ... because there are benefits!
I do not think they could have devised a simpler way to let the Volt owner reduce their impact on the "grid". If you normally leave at 6am tell the car that (or 5:30am) and it will automatically figure out when it needs to start charging based on your current batteries SOC to make sure you are ready to go.
BENEFIT: You can tell any naysayer that you are charging during the middle of the night when you have very little to no impact on the grid. Mythbuster about our EVs. This goes a long way toward *your* supporting the movement and helping with the public perceptions. I tell this to everyone when describing the car and they "get it".
REMEMBER: If you want to override this setting occasionally it is VERY easy.
"Delayed Charging Override"
From the inside of the car:
- Press the charge port door release button on the driver door to view the Charge Mode Status pop-up in the center stack display.
- Press Charge Immediately Upon Plug In.
From the outside of the car:
- To temporarily override a delayed charge event, unplug the charge cord from the charge port and then plug it back in within five seconds. A single horn chirp will sound and charging will begin immediately.
- To cancel a temporary override, unplug the charge cord, wait for 10 seconds, and then plug the charge cord back in. A double horn chirp will sound and charging will be delayed.
Delayed Departure Time: The vehicle estimates the charging start time considering the programmed departure time for the current day of the week. Charging begins at the start time and is complete by the departure time only if sufficient time is allowed after the charge cord is plugged in. The vehicle uses an internal clock for programmable charging, not the clock in the center stack.