A breach of trust *UPDATE*Posted: 2013/07/21
I agree, the title is heavy handed, my dear Zoe. But I thought we had an agreement when I took upon me the responsibility to look after you and take care of you. Have I failed you in any way?
Last night, I set the timer for you to start charging at 05:00. When I switched you off, there was a confirmation message that charging would not start until 05:00. I connected you to the charger correctly, as the green light on the charger confirmed. I pulled both plugs to confirm they were in place and locked. I checked your screens and you did not tell me that there was anything wrong. So I expected the battery to be full this morning.
But you did nothing. You just stood there looking pretty and pretty useless. There was not a single Wh extra in your battery. What is the matter with you? Is such a simple command to complicated for your silicon brain? Or are there little critters in you brain, that the computer people call ‘bugs’?
All wild speculation, let me investigate further before jumping to conclusions. I will report my findings here.
After reading the manual on ‘charging’ again, I have found out what the issue is. My Zoe wants to be in ‘P’ for charging. She doesn’t want to endanger anyone, and because she has no way of telling the handbrake is on, she relies on the transmission in ‘P’ to make sure she stays in place while connected. Would she roll away while charging, she could rip a plug from either socket and expose live wires to the public. Not good.
But my Zoe is not entirely in the clear on this. Her communication skills are a bit lacking and the consequence of not putting her in ‘P’ could be more explicit. When I switch her off with the transmission not in ‘P’, she shows a warning message on the dashboard, accompanied by a bleep, suggesting me to put the transmission in ‘P’. But it looks more like a friendly reminder than something important. My Zoe was on level ground with the handbrake firmly on, so I ignored it and forgot about it. So many new bleeps to get used to. After plugging in, the dashboard showed the message ‘Ongoing checks..’, which is a normal message that my Zoe displays each time she starts charging, sometimes these checks take more time than I have patience for. So I ignored that message and expected that after all checks were done and handshake protocols with the charger complete, she would surely start charging.
I have found out that she gave another clue. I had to find that out myself, because the Renault people did not write everything in the manual about the ‘secret charging indicator morse codes’. I can not blame my Zoe for this. If she is all set up correctly and ready to charge then, after charger handshake is complete, she double-blinks her external charging indicator and the wall charger will show a blue light, as if she is charging. This lasts for about 2.5 minutes, then all indicators revert to normal ‘connected but not charging’ mode (external charging indicator is off, wall charger shows a green light).
I will tell the Internet people all about your charging protocols later, but for now, my dear Zoe, all is well again between us.