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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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