Iíve read the 2020 XC60 T8 manual a couple of times now in prep for delivery of my new T8 in the next few months. I would appreciate advice how others are charging their T8 and making use of TOU rates (in my case ó lowest electric rates are 12-5AM).
My present Tesla has a built-in method allowing me to set itís charging ďbegin timeĒ, which I set at 12 midnight years ago to align with my TOU rates. It then charges itself beginning at midnight as needed. Iím able to park in my garage, plug my Tesla wall charger into the car, walk away, and the car takes it from there. The next day, I always have a topped-off charge when I want to leave. It couldnít be easier, while saving me a few bucks on my electric bill.
The T8 does not appear to have a built-in ďset and forget itĒ method to schedule charge start time like Iím used to with my Tesla. To make my life simpler as I join the Volvo PHEV family, my thought is I will install a ChargePoint wall charger to replace my Tesla version (simply dropping amperage on my dedicated 100A circuit for the far lesser demands of the T8). From the ChargePoint documentation, its wall charger appears to have a scheduling function via their app, so I could set it to start charging at 12 midnight when my rates are lowest like Iím used to ó but the trick then becomes what Volvoís PHEV charging design will or wonít do...
Could I pull my XC60 T8 into the garage; Park; Plug in my ChargePoint wall charger J1772 (that will not have power) to the T8, and when the wall connector later applies power on my schedule at 12 midnight, the T8 will begin charging ó or is there something in Volvoís implemention that will prevent me from doing so? All the examples Iíve read in Volvoís documentation assume there is power in the J1772 plug when itís first connected to the T8 so all the interlocks work and charging process immediately begins. In my case, I want to make the physical connection when I park and let power flow at a later time, then let the T8 stop charging when itís full. Iím concerned Volvoís (or the J1772 standard) charging design may prevent my doing that.
...just trying to plan my future scenario so I can have the physical electrical work done in advance of T8 delivery, and start evaluating different utility rate plans if I canít make use of what I have now. I can of course let the T8 charge when I plug-in during the day if thatís all I can do, but with my TOU 12-5AM rate being 20-30% of prime hours depending on time of year, being able to charge while Iím asleep would allow me to get a headstart saving for a future Polestar upgrade.
Thanks in advance.