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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 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

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. 


Verify that you have access to a garage or a dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that can handle the charging connection and provides the required power levels. You might also check to see if there is a public charging station within walking distance.


Landlord Permission

Make any necessary electrical modifications in your rented property, including installing a charging station. In that case, you should consult with your landlord or property management company and carefully review your lease agreement. This will ensure that you are adhering to all lease agreement regulations and prevent any potential issues or disagreements 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

It may be difficult to install a permanent charging station for your electric vehicle, so you may want to consider getting a portable charger that can be plugged into an ordinary electrical outlet instead. Because they are slower than dedicated charging stations, the range of a portable charger may not be sufficient for your normal driving needs. Since this is a rental property, it is your responsibility to install convenient electrical outlets for charging electronics around the premises.


Before purchasing a portable charger, consider the amperage rating of the outlet you plan to use. You may need to contact an electrician with your landlord’s permission if your rental property lacks a 120-volt, 20-amp outlet. This is the standard for portable chargers. 


Some portable chargers require their own dedicated circuit, therefore it’s crucial to check the manufacturer’s specifications before making a purchase.


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: With the help of specialist EV charging apps, electric vehicle owners can easily locate charging stations in their area, check their availability, and monitor the charging process. The use of these applications makes recharging an electric vehicle simple and straightforward.


Owning an electric car as a renter may take more organization and forethought, but it is still a practical and environmentally friendly choice. More and more tenants are opting to switch to electric transportation as a result of the growing availability of charging stations and the general trend towards sustainability. To guarantee a smooth transfer, it is crucial to conduct your homework and communicate effectively with your landlord. Following these guidelines will allow you to reap the environmental and financial benefits of owning an electric car.


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