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I just tried charging at Petro Canada charging stn to see how this all works, battery was down to 55 when I plugged in to this CCS and started charging at 255 which I was surprised at since I thought 150 was max but once battery reached 60% it slowed down to around 195, is this normal???

I went over to talk to another person that was there charging leaving my car unlocked with door open and when I got back 4-5 mins later it appeared that charging had stopped but my car was still charging, I got a few text msgs from Petro Canada thanking me for using them. Dose charging stop if you walk away from car with key in your pocket and car unlocked?
I stopped charging at 70% and surprisingly I didn't get charged for anything, I suspect this new Charging station has a few problems?
 

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I plugged in to this CCS and started charging at 255 which I was surprised at since I thought 150 was max but once battery reached 60% it slowed down to around 195, is this normal???
Was this 255 KW (Kilowatts)? Or were you looking at the Volvo's KPH reading? (Kilometers Per Hour - eg, 255 kilometers of range added per hour of charging) The latter seems more realistic, since the car's maximum charge level is 150 KW for DC fast chargers.
 

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I suspect you are right, since this was my 1st try at this when I saw the 255 it left me confused since I was sure 150KW was max which is the reason I went over and talked to another user about it. So I will have to go back and try again and check the charging rate which is just below the KPH. Haha! thank you, I suspect I will be learning something new everyday with this car which I am really enjoying and just picked up on Monday this week.
 

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The first time you charge at a new charging company you often get the first charge for free. . .
Which is sad as all my first charges were little sips just to see if the system worked :)

Car should keep charging even if you walk away with the key. . . Not tested it though as I am a tad paranoid about locking my car (and i love the way it folds its eye ears when you lock it, so cute).

FYI according to volvo you can charge it up to 90 however the more charge it has when you arrive at the next charging station (if you are doing a long trip) the slower it will charge. . . Counter intuitive but you can travel long distances faster by letting the battery stay at a lower charge level. ABRP does a good job of planing trips.

Of course if you do the keep it low method and a charge station is missing and its the only one around . . .well you are in the poop :). Be nice as we get more charging stations (and the infrastructure to go with it).

Is there not a Canadian charging system that gives you free all your an charge for the first year? Credit card or something?
 
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Ok, nice to know why it was free Thanks! Wish I would have known sooner and would have taken on more than just 15%.

Haven't heard of any free charging stations but this my first EV so everything is new to me. Chargepoint, Flo, Tesla and Petro Canada are common around here. Like Petro Canada and got their App CCS chargers and >33 cents/min which sounds good to me, I'll mostly be charging at home with a 50amp 14-50 wall plugin.
 

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The first time you charge at a new charging company you often get the first charge for free. . .
Which is sad as all my first charges were little sips just to see if the system worked :)

Car should keep charging even if you walk away with the key. . . Not tested it though as I am a tad paranoid about locking my car (and i love the way it folds its eye ears when you lock it, so cute).

FYI according to volvo you can charge it up to 90 however the more charge it has when you arrive at the next charging station (if you are doing a long trip) the slower it will charge. . . Counter intuitive but you can travel long distances faster by letting the battery stay at a lower charge level. ABRP does a good job of planing trips.

Of course if you do the keep it low method and a charge station is missing and its the only one around . . .well you are in the poop :). Be nice as we get more charging stations (and the infrastructure to go with it).

Is there not a Canadian charging system that gives you free all your an charge for the first year? Credit card or something?

Yes there is. If you have a RBC credit card and a Petro Points card you get free charging at Petro-Can until April of next year.
 

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Wish we had that in America.
Petro can is was a gas station company? How heavily have they gone charging station?
 

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Wish we had that in America.
Petro can is was a gas station company? How heavily have they gone charging station?
Yes they are a gas station. Charging stations are new business for them and somewhat limited at this time but they are going ahead with a lot more. There is one fairly close to me so that works out well. They are right across Canada but i believe at this time they say they are about 150km apart but working on putting in a lot more. A good start anyway!
 

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Petro- Canada is/was a gas station company owned by Suncor and are working to include EV charging from east to west coast at least every 250 km(155miles) . Calling themselves Canada's Electric Highway.

 

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Indeed!! The more the merrier. I was thinking if everyone had evs you would need 5 times more EV charging stations for long trip placement than gas stations.

By this I mean stations on roads which mainly service people traveling on the road vs locals.

How many we would need for locals depends on how many people will have home charging. I know I cannot get home charging until I move.

So for a city like Seattle where a lot of the fueling is local we would either need more less or the same number of charging stations as gas ones.

I saw a article on the uk where there were charging stations / cords coming out of lamp posts (street lighting) anyone know if this is a common thing? Anyone seen it in America or Canada?
 
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