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another scheduled charging question - though quite specific:

I have octopus go so in we-connect my charging location has 'off-peak power' on and the time window set to start 12:30am and end 5:30am. Function is set to charging only i.e. no air con/heating. Octopus go cheap rate is from 12:30am to 4:30am - so in theory charging will start at 12:30 am and end when the battery is full - hopefully before 4:30am though if it goes over (in winter perhaps) then so be it.

I use departure time 1 setting and the others are turned off - Departure time is set to 9am though I assume this is arbitrary as I don't use scheduled heating, I do that manually through the app.

My question is, can someone confirm with confidence that with these settings my car will start to charge at 12:30am and therefore is effectively ignoring my departure time?

I ask because on the odd occasion I don't plug my car in overnight I get an alert from we-connect at 4:02am stating 'a departure time is active, please remember to plug in the charging cable'. This worries me that the car has only started to try and charge at around 4am - anybody else get this alert at a strange time? I'd have thought it would have alerted at 12:30am.

I can't tell with confidence looking at electricity use times on the octopus app as I time quite a few other things to come on over night e.g. washing, dryer, dishwasher etc. I could set an alarm to check at 6:30am perhaps though I was hoping others may have already done some testing around this. I suppose my question boils down to - if off-peak charging is turned on AND the car is only charging and not scheduling the air-con - then is departure time definitely ignored in this scenario?
 

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Why not set your departure time to the end of your cheap rate period ?
 
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I could couldn’t I - but I’d still not sleep at night without knowing exactly what strange logic vw have going on here!

Also - I’ll be returning to the office soon and will probably want to use a departure time for air con
 

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another scheduled charging question - though quite specific:

I have octopus go so in we-connect my charging location has 'off-peak power' on and the time window set to start 12:30am and end 5:30am. Function is set to charging only i.e. no air con/heating. Octopus go cheap rate is from 12:30am to 4:30am - so in theory charging will start at 12:30 am and end when the battery is full - hopefully before 4:30am though if it goes over (in winter perhaps) then so be it.

I use departure time 1 setting and the others are turned off - Departure time is set to 9am though I assume this is arbitrary as I don't use scheduled heating, I do that manually through the app.

My question is, can someone confirm with confidence that with these settings my car will start to charge at 12:30am and therefore is effectively ignoring my departure time?

I ask because on the odd occasion I don't plug my car in overnight I get an alert from we-connect at 4:02am stating 'a departure time is active, please remember to plug in the charging cable'. This worries me that the car has only started to try and charge at around 4am - anybody else get this alert at a strange time? I'd have thought it would have alerted at 12:30am.

I can't tell with confidence looking at electricity use times on the octopus app as I time quite a few other things to come on over night e.g. washing, dryer, dishwasher etc. I could set an alarm to check at 6:30am perhaps though I was hoping others may have already done some testing around this. I suppose my question boils down to - if off-peak charging is turned on AND the car is only charging and not scheduling the air-con - then is departure time definitely ignored in this scenario?
I have exactly same question as above, did you ever work out if the off peak period over rides the schedule?
 

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I think I can answer the original poster's query with some confidence. With a departure time and off-peak power times set, the vehicle should start charging at the start of the off-peak power period. What I think is worrying the original poster is, if he hasn't remembered to plug in the charging cable, why he gets the alert from the we-connect app at 4:02am. I suspect this is because the Vehicle->Vehicle Settings->Notifications->Departure Times->Charging cable not connected setting in the app is set to 5 hrs. This would explain the 4am alert for the 9am departure time.

Hope this helps,
Stuart
 

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I think I can answer the original poster's query with some confidence. With a departure time and off-peak power times set, the vehicle should start charging at the start of the off-peak power period. What I think is worrying the original poster is, if he hasn't remembered to plug in the charging cable, why he gets the alert from the we-connect app at 4:02am. I suspect this is because the Vehicle->Vehicle Settings->Notifications->Departure Times->Charging cable not connected setting in the app is set to 5 hrs. This would explain the 4am alert for the 9am departure time.

Hope this helps,
Stuart
I have the same question I think. I want it to start charging at 00:30. I have no option that I've seen for 'off peak power' times. A3 E-Tron.
 

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What is that app? I can't get Audi connect to connect!
So if it takes 2.5 hours to fully charge ?(UK) and I want to charge between 00:30 and 04:30, do I set departure time as when it needs to be charged for? How does it know when to start?
VW WeConnect for my eGolf. I would have thought Audi version similar?
Departure time is mainly for preconditioning the cabin ready for when you want to set off, but also if you do not like leaving your car at 100% SOC for extended periods, and prefer it to be only at 100% immediately before leaving. Also useful in cold weather to get some latent heat into the battery to improve the available range.
If your priority however, is to use your TOU tariff, then set the departure time to the end of your TOU.
 
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