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I drive a Chevy Volt. The automatic update feature on this app sounds like a good idea at first… But then you realize the Xatori servers are requesting OnStar updates from your car every 10 -15 minutes. This means the onboard computers in the car have to wake up and report status every 10 to 15 minutes all day & night. This puts considerable drain on the car's 12 volt battery. If you leave the car parked for a few days you may have a dead car battery when you return. You also have to wonder if the OnStar network can handle that many transactions. For example if all current 8000 Volt owners used this app it would require 48,000 OnStar transactions per hour. I am not sure OnStar is going to allow that for very long. I think that the solution is simple. This app needs to have a user selectable polling period. Perhaps 1 hour through 6 hour intervals. You should also be able to shut off the automatic updates and just update manually when desired. This app has a lot of great potential. I think it adds some really neat features for EV drivers. But until we can control the polling period or shut off the automatic updates… I cannot recommend this app for Volt owners.
tchavalas on Feb 1, 2012 for GreenCharge
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Not ready for prime time
I just bought this (expensive) app for my 2012 Leaf. After signing in, the battery state of charge is inaccurate (doesn't show last night's charge). The Nissan app shows fully charged (correct), Green Charge shows 40% charged (not so much). Another sign of sloppy programming, when you swipe the screen using the (not needed) buttons, the "page indicator" dots at the bottom don't update.
E_fan on Feb 1, 2012 for GreenCharge
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I especially love how it shows your charge percent as a badge on the icon!
Fade1d on Jan 31, 2012 for GreenCharge
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State of charge indicator on home screen icon badge!
Since the LEAF app only indicates miles of range and you therefore have to calculate the battery percentage based on the 12-bar system (8.33% per bar), it can be annoying as the range is highly inaccurate if your drive is a mix of city and highway roads. This gets the battery percentage and displays it as a number badge on its home screen icon, which is reason enough to get the application. The Carwings website is great, but a pain to get to and slow. And you can't use it on your iPhone to kill time which is the only time you really want to use it. This gives you logging on the iPhone with some new perspectives on data. Features I'd like to see added: - ability to initiate charge if possible - ability to turn on climate control if possible - iPad version - more control over display preferences
rocknrollercoaster on Jan 31, 2012 for GreenCharge
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