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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. Electric cars are growing increasingly prevalent because they have many advantages, such as being better for the environment as well as saving money. Owning an electric car might be challenging if you rent a home, though. In such a situation, it’s important to consider certain factors that can assist you in overcoming these obstacles and still enjoy the positive aspects of owning an electric vehicle as a renter.


Charging Infrastructure

Think about the charging infrastructure at your rental property if you want to buy an electric car. You should evaluate the electrical system in your property and confirm that it can handle the additional electrical load. 


Make sure you have a garage or a dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that works with the charging cable and gives you enough power by checking that out. You could also check to see if there is a public charging station nearby that you can use.


Landlord Permission

Think about installing a charging station or making any other electrical changes to your rented property. Review your lease agreement carefully and speak with your landlord or property management company in this situation. In the lease agreement, there may be rules or regulations that you must abide by. This will help you stay out of any arguments or fights that might happen.


Be sure to communicate your plans clearly and seek permission before you do anything to the property. To make changes to a rented property, it’s important to do things the right way. Do these things to make your landlord happy.


Portable Chargers

A portable charger plugged into a regular wall outlet could be used if setting up a dedicated charging station for your electric vehicle is difficult. But remember that portable chargers take longer to charge than dedicated charging stations, and they might not give you enough range for short trips. Because of this, you should make sure that the charge ports in your rental property are simple to reach.


Think about how many amps the plug you want to use has before you buy a portable charger. If your rental property lacks an accessible outlet with this rating, you may need to contact an electrician with the permission of your landlord to install one. Most portable chargers need a plug with 120 volts and 20 amps. 


Examine the manufacturer’s specifications before making a buy. Some portable chargers also need a certain kind of wiring.

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 might necessitate some extra planning and organization, but it can still be a useful and environmentally friendly choice. More and more renters are switching to electric cars as a result of the growing availability of charging stations and the overall trend toward sustainability. To make sure everything goes smoothly, learn as much as you can about moving and be clear with your landlord. In addition to the many benefits of owning an electric car, these steps will also help the environment.


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