From what I can tell, none of the first round of reviews involved any charging, and very little exploration of what the car is like to live with day-by-day. We need more details!Toyota and Subaru are proud of their battery conditioning and thermal management that will allow it to retain 90% capacity after 10 years. So, it's not a great leap to expect their routing software to see how far the next charging station is and begin preconditioning ahead of time. We still don't know yet even though the embargo is lifted. Hope to know soon.
From what I've read of this feature in other EVs is that it only works when the charging station is entered as a destination. If the car doesn't "know" you're going there, obviously it cannot get prepared....I'm reading that Google maps, as integrated into some EVs, is supposed to be able to tell the car to precondition the battery on the way to the charger. I've heard that the Solterra uses Google Maps, so fingers crossed on this functionality.🤞⚡
I've read that Google Maps in compatible EVs will auto-populate the route with charging stations if more than one will be needed on the trip. So, it should know I'm going there.From what I've read of this feature in other EVs is that it only works when the charging station is entered as a destination. If the car doesn't "know" you're going there, obviously it cannot get prepared....
Someone mentioned the battery can't be charged below 0C so I believe there is no thermal preparation...I hope I am wrong...For road trips, I'm interested to find out if the Solterra will automatically begin on-the-move battery thermal optimization for charging in a way that's synced to the route planner's charging station locations.