An example from last nights charging session.
Hope this helps others understand what Intelligent Octopus does in practice when you are using it. You don’t need to go into this level of detail, in my experience it is as simple as:
- Set ‘charge limit’ and ‘ready by time’ in Octopus app.
- Ensure target state-of-charge on your vehicle (via MMI or myAudi app) is equal to or greater than the limit set in step 1, as the Octopus app doesn’t override the vehicle’s own target. In a lot of cases this can be set once and then not worried about. You can set a location based charging target via the MMI if you wish to make it easier to have different targets for home and elsewhere.
- Optionally, stop the charge straight away via the MMI’s ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Charging’ screens. This step is useful as it minimises the amount of peak rate electricity you’ll consume before Octopus notices your vehicle is charging and suspends the charging session. Normally, Octopus notices quickly but it can take up to 30 minutes.
- Optionally, check Octopus app after 10 mins or so to see what schedule it has picked.
- Wake up in the morning with a charged vehicle using cheap off-peak electricity at times that benefit grid load and maximises the use of renewables.
I asked the Octopus app for 80% by 6:00 AM please. I plugged in shortly after 8:00 PM with 61% state-of-charge. In this case, it created a schedule with five separate periods overnight:
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Checked myAudi app. It didn’t set any charging timers directly:
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Instead it sends ‘start charging’ and ‘stop charging’ commands to my Q4 at the appropriate times:
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I have my phone set to ‘do not disturb’ overnight.
I think the duplicate notifications are a myAudi app issue. I’ve seen duplicates for remote climate conditioning notifications too.
Q4 reached its target as expected (around 4:50 AM according to the notifications):
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The Octopus app shows the Q4 took 14.56 kWh overnight:
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The Pod Point app estimates 16.9 kWh, but that includes charging overheads (as the transfer from the supply to the battery isn’t 100% efficient) and some climate preconditioning whilst still plugged in for about 8 minutes or so from 5:55 AM until I unplugged at 6:03 AM:
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