The cable unlocks when you unlock your doors, but if you don't pull the cable out within 10 seconds, the plug auto-locks again.
So you pretty much have to unlock your doors and then pull the plug out before you do anything else.
If it re-locks before you can unplug it, then you have to unlock your car doors again and try again. Sometimes you may have to lock your doors first, then unlock them again.
It had me frustrated and confused for a while, too. But eventually you just get in the habit of unplugging as soon as you unlock the car, and it's no big deal.
Apparently Kia thinks charging cable theft is some really major problem, and I dunno, maybe in some cities it is?
Last edited by cockedandglocked; 11-14-2018 at 10:08 PM.