Thanks 2002 for the tip. The street is fairly steep and there are usually lots of cars on this road so it will be hard for me to go slow as it may cause irritation behind me, but I will definitely give it a try. I suppose on the Hondalink app there is no programming for the charge to stop at 80%? Have an awesome day.
My hill is fairly steep with a speed bump at the bottom, but it's a short hill so as long as no one is behind me, which is most of the time, I can go as slow as I want. I tried it yesterday and had no problem going 10 mph with no regen. I might be able to go a little faster than that. The only time I have a problem is when I forget that I have a full charge and then head down the hill at 20 mph which is the speed limit then hit the brakes when I get near the speed bump. A few minutes later I notice that ICE is running and I suddenly remember that I was supposed to take it slower that day.
Correct, nothing on the app to set charging to 80%. It's either charge to full, or a specified ending time. Some details about charging times:
- If you use the fob to start charging it always charges to full and ignores any ending time that you have scheduled. The previously set ending time will remain in the schedule but it won't take effect until the schedule runs again the next day.
- If you have no schedule set and plug in, it immediately starts charging and charges to full. A lot of people do it this way which is of course the easiest, but if you aren't driving a lot, the car will spend a lot of time sitting at 100%. That certainly won't kill the battery, but it may lead to some range degradation over time. However this is still speculative as Clarity has only been on the road for just under three years and only a few people have experienced 10-15% or so degradation, but I don't know their charging habits, so it could be something else that caused their degradation. Some have said the degradation seems to flatten out after the initial drop, but again it will take a few more years to get enough cumulative experience to know what the long term affects are. Since I am already doing scheduled charging because of my time of use rate plan, it's easy for me to set it for 80-85% when I don't expect to do much driving the next day. If I know (or suspect) that I will need the full range the next day then I charge to 100%. In that case I try and schedule it to reach 100% within 30 minute of my expected departure time. Prius Prime will do that automatically if you set an ETA for departure, that's another feature lacking in the Clarity.
- If you have a schedule set, it does not immediately start charging when you plug in but it will wait for the start time to begin charging.
- If you plug in after the scheduled start time it will not start charging, so you have to either start charging with the fob (which will charge until full) or else modify the start time on the schedule to start five minutes from now (you can only schedule in five-minute increments).
- When a charging is currently running you can modify the schedule in the app to whatever you want and it will not affect the current charging session, in that case you are basically setting tomorrow's schedule.