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 Post subject: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:56 am 
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Hey Everyone. As we're getting into an early summer here in Canada, and knowing that AC is likely to be one of the biggest EV range killers- my question is:

If I'm hopping into the car to go for a drive, I take it it's worth the 5 minutes to pre-cooldown the car while I'm still plugged into my home charger, just like if I was doing an scheduled pre-condition via the MMI. Once the car is cool, then unplug and take off. That way AC is only maintaining temperature.

I guess what I'm asking is does the car actively pull from the plug until it's unplugged, or does the car ONLY pull from the battery. So when you pre-condition on a schedule, does it drain battery then recharge again?

Does that make sense or am I talking gibberish?

* edited to add, it really sucks we can't use our phones here in Canada to start AC/Heat in our house 5 minutes before we're ready to leave.


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 3:34 pm 
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I haven't received my car yet, but climate control is possible without Audi Connect according to Audi Canada - you need to use the charge scheduling to do it. Maybe you can take a look? It should draw on the EV plug instead of depleting the on board battery. Check out the "MMI Connect" app and register your car at login.audi.com and let us know!


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 8:54 pm 
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Climate control is available via the MMI here in Canada, unfortunately NOT available remotely via the app. The A3 apparently does not come with Audi Connect in the Great White North.

My dealer said his understanding is that the climate control pulls from the battery, not straight from the firehose when plugged in. So when you tell your car to do a pre-condition, I think it cycles thru turning on the AC/Heat, and then recharging the battery. Maybe someone here knows different, but that's my understanding so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:25 am 
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Pretty sure this only works with Teknik trim, not Progressiv in Canada. Can someone confirm ?


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 1:46 am 
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That's a good point. 11thIndian, what trim level do you have? I've been told specifically by Audi Canada presales that climate scheduling is possible but only if you have Technik or the Nav added to Progressiv.


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 4:40 am 
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@srwhitney

Yes, I have the Technik trim package, so I have access to the pre-scheduled charging and pre-conditioning via the MMI. But it's not available via the Audi app, which is sucky.

But my original point was if you hop in the car and you're still plugged in, if you pre-condition the cabin in the heat of Summer, is it pulling that power directly from the plug, or is it pulling from the battery and then charging.


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 Post subject: Re: Pre-conditioning cabin
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:57 am 
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Pre-heating/cooling your car is meant to draw from the connection. Not entirely sure if this will work when plugged into a 110v outlet. Using a 240v it seems to work fine.
Once you unplug, the car will keep the setting for a little longer then shut down.

Note, if you used the heated seat and didn't turn it off before turning off the car. It will still be on the next time you start the car.


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