Yesterday, I drove it more. By the time I got home, my battery charge level was down to 29%.
So today, I started charging it up for the first time.
I admit I was a little intimidated by the 50 amp 240 volt capacity of the charger. That isn't trivial, but I have to admit I'm not intimidated by 15 amp 120 volt lines, such as any lamp cord. Both can deliver a fatal shock. I guess I was also bothered by the WiFi and Bluetooth hook up complexities.
As I suspected, starting the charger is a lot simpler than I was imagining. Plug the wall charger's cable into the car, and LED lights on both the car and the wall charger told me the system's status – it was waiting to begin. I spent about 10 seconds foolishly looking for an On/Off switch somewhere in the software, but there was none. You have to select On and Off times on a timer in the car's software. I set the On time for a minute later, and it began as expected. I guess, that's a safety feature. The charger's current doesn't start flowing until at least a minute after I take my hands off the car & cable.
Today, I started charging at 3:15 pm, and it will stop no later than 7 pm, if that much time is needed. In the future, I'll charge at night, from midnight to 8 am, when electricity rates are lowest.
I can monitor the charging progress by the car's app on my phone
. As I write this, it's 43% charged, with an estimated range of 120 miles.