Thanks a lot, Mr. f1geek, for replying to this and other posts. You're a real asset to the community!
What is the power rating of your EVSE (in kW)?
I have a JuiceBox 40 (in theory it could go to 9.6 kW) and have set my car to take as much as possible, so it is charging at 7.2 kW.
Is your e-Golf an SE or a SEL?
What time did you set the departure for?
Departure time was set at 9:00am.
What time did you check to see if the car was warm?
I got into the car at 9:00am, and it was stone cold (4 F this morning)! No evidence that ANY heating had occurred.
When you say the the car "turns itself on after I shut down", how do you shut down the car and how do you know the car turned itself on (describe what you see)?
This has happened 2 or 3 times. I put the car into park. I press the parking brake on (usually, perhaps sometimes after pushing on-off button). I shut down the car by pushing the on-off button (my foot is on the brake). I reach down, disconnect my iPhone (CarPlay is still displaying on screen), and bing! bing! the car powers up with the VW welcome screen. I scratch my head, push the on-off button again, and it shuts down.