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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. Considering a number of benefits, notably being environmentally friendly and cost-effective, electric cars are quickly gaining popularity. 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

The charging infrastructure offered at your rental property is crucial if you intend to buy an electric car. You should evaluate the electrical system in your property and confirm that it can handle the additional electrical load. 


Checking to see if you have access to a garage or dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that can accommodate a suitable charging connection and give the necessary power levels is advised. As an alternative, see if there is a nearby public charging station that you may use for convenience.


Landlord Permission

Let’s imagine that you are considering installing a charging station or making any necessary electrical improvements to your rented property. If so, you should carefully review your lease agreement and consult your landlord or property management company for guidance. Ensuring that you are adhering to all regulations stated in the lease agreement will help you avoid any potential disagreements or issues.


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

Consider using a portable charger hooked into a regular household socket if you find it difficult to establish a separate charging station for your electric vehicle. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that portable chargers are slower than dedicated charging stations and could not have enough range for your regular driving requirements. Because of this, it is imperative to ensure that your rental property includes outlets that are easily accessible and suitable for charging.


It’s important to take the amperage rating of the outlet you intend to use into account before making a portable charger purchase. If your rental property lacks an accessible outlet with a 120-volt, 20-amp rating, you may need to contact an electrician to install one with your landlord’s permission, as most portable chargers require this kind of outlet. 


It’s also important to remember that some portable chargers need their own circuit, so before making a purchase, make sure to review the manufacturer’s specifications.


Other Considerations

  • Public Charging: While relying on public charging infrastructure can be a feasible option, it may not always be the most convenient or cost-effective solution. It is advisable to consider the availability of charging stations in your area, as well as their locations. This will help you plan your charging needs accordingly, especially if you frequently travel long distances. Additionally, some charging stations may have different pricing structures, which can also impact your overall cost. Therefore, it’s essential to carefully evaluate the options available to you before making a decision.
  • Electric Utility Rates: If you own an electric vehicle, it’s worth investigating whether your utility company offers programs to help you save money on charging. These programs could include special rates or incentives that can make a significant difference to your overall energy costs. Take the time to research your provider’s offers and see if you can take advantage of any potential savings.
  • Charging Apps: Electric vehicle owners can conveniently find nearby charging stations, check availability, and track the charging progress using specialized EV charging apps. These apps allow for a smooth and hassle-free EV charging experience.


Owning an electric car as a renter may need more organization and planning, but it can still be a practical and environmentally friendly choice. More and more renters are opting to transition to electric mobility as a result of the growing availability of charging stations and the general sustainability trend. For a seamless move, it’s critical to conduct thorough research and maintain open lines of communication with your landlord. You may benefit from owning an electric car in many ways and help the environment at the same time by following these simple steps.


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