It's true. The climate draws more current than the 110v circuit can provide so you end up drawing from the EV battery when pre-heating the car while plugged in. It may be less of a draw when using 220v charging but I'm not sure.
There are tricks you can use though, so I wouldn't let that stop you from getting remote start.
I pre-heat for 15 minutes, 1hr before I have to leave. The cabin cools down a bit, and the battery charges back up a bit. So when I leave for work the cabin is a little warmer than outside and I usually have a full charge, or almost.
Intelligent Access is a feature I love, and push button start, and the Sony radio with My Ford Touch. I think if you get Intelligent Access the remote start comes along for the ride. I'm just learning about all the features of the SEL 303A package, and the more I learn the gladder I am that this was the only model on the lot when I was ready to buy. Otherwise, I would have gotten the 301A package...
Thanks for the run-down, Rick. It seems the salesman was mis-informed. He thought that it was not possible to remote start (or pre-heat) the car while plugged in. From what you are saying, it is possible. Does it seem like pre-heating is something that could accomplished through MyFord Touch (or whatever controls charging at at a delayed time for lower rates) ? If I have to get remote start to in order to accomplish pre-heating while plugged in, I guess I'll shell out for them to install it on my SE when it arrives.
In all honesty, I didn't want a Titanium because I can't stand black leather. I could care less about the upgraded stereo and interior illumination, and was planning to delete the spoiler. The only things I liked was IA and remote start, but not for another $1200+