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My i3 is clicking on to charge (even when fully charged) for a few seconds when I unlock it. Any thoughts?
 

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My i3 is clicking on to charge (even when fully charged) for a few seconds when I unlock it. Any thoughts?
Not quite sure as to the issue, is it plugged in, is it away from the charger, how do you know it’s ”clicking on to charge” and not some other operation happening for a second?
 

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My i3 is clicking on to charge (even when fully charged) for a few seconds when I unlock it. Any thoughts?
I remember mine doing this, seems entirely normal. If it’s fully charged, then it soon stops.

In fact, the e-Golf and ID.3 do this as well, although it’s just the green light comes on by the charging socket indicating ready, rather than actually charging.
 

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Usually it STOPS charging and unlocks the cable when you unlock the car. Though it may well resume charging shortly afterwards.
 

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Yes, I remember it doing that as well, but when it was charged to 100% (or whatever set percentage) so not actively charging but still plugged in, it used to charge (I had a Rolec st the time and there was the usual clunk as the charge engaged) when I unlocked it, but stopped shortly afterwards or when the door was shut.
 

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Yes, I remember it doing that as well, but when it was charged to 100% (or whatever set percentage) so not actively charging but still plugged in, it used to charge (I had a Rolec st the time and there was the usual clunk as the charge engaged) when I unlocked it, but stopped shortly afterwards or when the door was shut.
That’s down to the way the Rolec operates rather than the i3 controlling anything surely?

As above ours always unlocks the cable lock when unlocking the car, maybe that’s the “click” sound the OP is hearing?
 

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That’s down to the way the Rolec operates rather than the i3 controlling anything surely?
I don’t know, but there was something going on when the car was unlocked is what I’m saying, even though it was fully charged, when it was plugged in.

I don’t think it’s unusual for EVs to do that, it was trying to reassure the OP that it’s nothing to worry about is all.
 

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The OP’s original post is a bit light on information which I wondered if it was just normal operation, but until we know whether the car was plugged in and what the EVSE type was it’s difficult to be precis.
 

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The evse won't ever close the main relays unless the car has asked it to, I know that much. It would be a major fault if it did.
 

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Two I3s and three EVSEs on, I have always noted that the EVSE initiates when a door is unlocked, and the cable is plugged in, even when the battery is at 100%SOC. Whilst the LED usually shows green, I believe that the DC to DC converter kicks in when the car is unlocked. It usually stays on for c.30 minutes to charge the 12 volt battery. I should add that this only happens when my Zappi is set to Fast.
 
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