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Charging Ahead: A Renter’s Guide to Owning an Electric Car

Electric vehicle charging at home charging station with EV charger device plugged in with blurred background. Due to its many advantages, including being environmentally friendly and cost-effective, electric cars are becoming more and more popular. Owning an electric car, however, may be challenging if you rent a home. In such a situation, it’s important to consider certain factors that can assist you in overcoming these obstacles and still reap the benefits of owning an electric vehicle as a renter.


Charging Infrastructure

If you are planning to buy an electric car, it is essential to consider the charging infrastructure available at your rental property. You should evaluate the electrical system in your property and confirm that it can handle the additional electrical load. 


Check to see if you have access to a garage or dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that can accommodate the charging connection and offers the necessary power levels. You might also see whether a public charging station is available in your area and is within a reasonable distance from you.


Landlord Permission

Consider installing a charging station or making any other electrical modifications in your rented property. In such a circumstance, you should review your lease agreement thoroughly and get advice from your landlord or property management firm. This will assist you to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth in the lease agreement and prevent any arguments or conflicts from arising.


Be sure to communicate your plans clearly and seek permission before making any modifications to the property. This will help you maintain a positive relationship with your landlord and ensure you follow the proper procedures to make any necessary changes to your rented property.


Portable Chargers

If you don’t have easy access to installing a charging station for your electric vehicle, you may want to look into purchasing a portable charger that can be plugged into a regular electrical outlet. However, it’s worth noting that portable chargers are slower than dedicated charging stations and may not provide sufficient range for your daily driving needs. As such, it’s essential to make sure that your rental property has accessible outlets that can be used for charging purposes.


It is important to think about the amperage rating of the outlet you intend to use before buying a portable charger. Most portable chargers require a 120-volt, 20-amp outlet, so if your rental property doesn’t have an accessible outlet with this rating, you may need to contact an electrician to install one with your landlord’s permission. 


Check the manufacturer’s specifications before buying. Some portable chargers also need a special circuit.


Other Considerations

  • Public Charging: It’s reasonable to count on public charging infrastructure, but it’s not always the most practical or economical choice. The availability of charging stations in your area and their locations should be taken into consideration. If you often travel long distances, this will help you plan your charging needs. Some charging stations may also have different pricing systems, which can change the total amount you pay as well. Because of this, it’s important to carefully consider all your choices before making a choice.
  • Electric Utility Rates: Your utility company may have programs that can help you save money on charging if you have an electric vehicle. You might be able to get special rates or other benefits through these programs that can really lower your overall energy costs. Spend some time looking into what your company has to offer and see if there are any ways you can save money.
  • Charging Apps: Electric vehicle owners can easily use specialized EV charging apps to find charging stations nearby, check to see if they are available, and keep track of the charging process. These apps make charging an electric vehicle easy and smooth.


Owning an electric car as a renter might necessitate some extra planning and organization, but it can still be a practical and environmentally friendly choice. More and more renters are switching to electric vehicles due to the growing availability of charging stations as well as the general trend toward sustainability. To make sure the move goes smoothly, you need to do your study and talk to your landlord clearly. You can enjoy the many advantages of owning an electric car and help the environment by doing these things.


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