‘Smart’ times are the best times to charge your electric vehicle at home as determined by evPulse. 'Smart' times generally correspond with times when electricity costs are lowest, grid strain is down, and renewable energy is most abundant. While they generally overlap with ‘off-peak’ charging times, as more people purchase and start charging vehicles during these times, ‘Smart’ times may shift as the electric grid will become increasingly more stressed during off-peak hours. As a result, ‘Smart' times may shift based on factors such as the electric load in your neighborhood and the number of EVs trying to charge at the same time. The important thing to remember is to allow your vehicle to follow the evPulse generated schedule!
On your dashboard, you’ll notice a smart charging percentage that is calculated from the last 7 days.
For those using the Automatic Smart Charging service the smart charging percentage represents the amount of home charging you’ve done that occurs within the optimized schedule created by evPulse. Our algorithms determine when the charging occurs such that your target battery level is reached every day.
The smart charging percentage is calculated by dividing the amount of energy your vehicle consumed during smart times, by the total energy the vehicle used charging at home over a single day.
You can increase your smart charge percentage by plugging in whenever you are home, and by minimizing the times you override the schedules generated for you by evPulse. Learn more about opt-outs and how to avoid them.