ID3 Home Charging

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Rosiegloe
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ID3 Home Charging

Post by Rosiegloe » Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:54 pm

Hello
Does anyone know how to schedule the ID3 to overnight home charging? I can’t find any instructions in the manual on how to set a start charging time. I’m using a PodPoint Solo charger and want to take advantage of my Economy 7.
Regards, Rosiegloe

scott28tt
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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by scott28tt » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:40 pm

You can’t at the moment, neither the car or that charger supports timed charging - I have exactly the same setup.

VW and Pod Point have both told me directly they will be adding this to their respective apps, I suspect VW will get there first - hopefully as part of the Q1 software update.

I’ve switched my electricity supplier to Octopus, and to their Agile tariff specifically to give me below average rates for 21 hours a day so I can charge my car in the day while working at home.
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Rosiegloe
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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by Rosiegloe » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:29 pm

Thanks, Scott, that’s very helpful. Let’s hope it becomes available soon and as part of the forthcoming Q1 update as you have mentioned..
We’re having problems with our Pod-Point as it cuts off around 65-70% and we’re waiting for their maintenance engineer to visit.
Meanwhile we’re going to connect the yellow charge cable to our external 13amp supply on a timer for an overnight charge. We’re on Economy 7 with Octopus from 0030-0430 which would probably give us a 20% charge per night, probably enough for our local driving.
I don’t suppose you know about the We Charge card, do you know if we can only use it on Ionity public chargers or can we use it on others too?

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by scott28tt » Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:36 am

Yellow charge cable? I guess you mean what most would call the “granny lead” with a 3-pin plug? I don’t have one as they’re not supplied as standard, sorry to hear about your Pod Point issue.

Sounds like you have Octopus Go with those off-peak timings, I switched to Agile to get cheaper rates in the day (outside of 4pm-7pm) - you can switch between Go and Agile once every 30 days if you want, so if it’s an option for you to charge in the day have a look at Agile til timed charging is possible.

There other partners for the We Charge card, the other nationwide one I’ve heard of is Osprey (they were called Engenie) - I haven’t tried it myself yet though.

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by Rosiegloe » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:46 am

Yes, the Granny Lead :-)) It came with the car, and also the black fast charge lead.

Brilliant re Osprey, it's my nearest charging point. The next nearest one to me is the PodPoint which I have used. It was very efficient and charged the car to 80% no probs.

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by scott28tt » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:36 am

Your dealer was feeling generous giving you a granny lead - they're £185 :-)

I did my first "test" public charge at one of the Tesco 7kW Pod Point chargers, I have a 50kW Osprey not too far away which I will be using to burn through some of the £500 credit

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by Rosiegloe » Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:20 am

I thought the leads came as standard with the 1st Editions. It’s a Plus Pro Power 1-speed.
I need to explore the We Charge more before I use it as although I have the £500 on the card my dealer told me I can only use that at the Ionity charging points and the nearest one £30 miles away. I have my debit card uploaded on the card too and the We Charge plan I have says there’s an additional 0.25p to pay per charging session at other providers but I can’t determine whether the £500 will be deducted first before my debit card kicks in.
Also I have noted I can upgrade to an annual contract giving that service free but I haven’t found out how to do that on the app yet. My Charge card as it exists is 0.69p £kWh but with the upgrade its only £0.25p £kWh at Ionity chargers. Such a lot to learn about, I feel a trip to my dealer coming on!
Thanks for your help thus far Scott 👍

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by scott28tt » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:13 pm

The thick lead with the Type 2 connectors is standard, but the "granny" lead is a £185 option on ALL ID.3 models.

Your dealer was wrong - you can definitely use the We Charge card at Osprey chargers (who confirmed this to me today).

You need to update the plan in the We Connect ID app to We Charge Plus - that is what activates the £500 credit and the 25p rates at Ionity - to do that in the app:

1. Go to the account/profile section (person icon at the bottom)
2. Open We Charge
3. Open Plan overview

Mine is already We Charge Plus but if yours is not you can "upgrade" it there - the 12-month subscription starts as soon as you upgrade, and I seem to remember you do this any time up til December 31st.

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by Rosiegloe » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:29 pm

Brilliant, Scott
Mine’s the We Charge Free and I have found out how to upgrade now, thanks for the instructions.
So if I wait until the end of November before I upgrade does that mean I can use my current card now and then the balance left will be taken over to the new card?

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Re: ID3 Home Charging

Post by scott28tt » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:33 pm

What do you mean by "current card"?

I only have 1 card, the blue/red one I was given when I collected the car - it shows in the app with that colouring too.

Upgrading the plan doesn't mean you get a new card.

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