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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 their many advantages, including being environmentally friendly and cost-effective, electric cars are growing in popularity. Owning an electric car, however, can 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. The electrical system in your property should be examined to confirm that it can handle the additional electrical load. 


It is advised to check whether you have access to a dedicated parking space or garage that has an electrical outlet that is compatible with the necessary charging cable and provides the required power levels. Alternatively, you can investigate whether there is a public charging station located nearby that is convenient for you to use.


Landlord Permission

Let’s say you’re thinking of installing a charging station or making other electrical changes to your rented property. If so, you must carefully review your lease agreement and get advice from your landlord or property management firm. Ensuring compliance with all regulations specified in the lease agreement will help you prevent any potential issues or misunderstandings.


Be sure to communicate your plans clearly and seek permission before making any modifications to the property. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep your landlord happy and make sure that you follow the right processes while making any repairs 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: Although depending on public charging infrastructure is sometimes a workable solution, it’s not always the most practical or economical one. It is recommended to take into account both the locations and availability of charging stations in your neighborhood. This will assist you, particularly if you travel long distances frequently, in estimating your charging needs. Furthermore, the pricing structures of various charging stations could fluctuate, which could further affect your final expenses. As such, it is imperative that you thoroughly consider your options before to making a selection.
  • Electric Utility Rates: If you drive an electric vehicle, you should look into any initiatives offered by your utility company to help you reduce the cost of charging. The particular rates or incentives that these programs may offer can have a big impact on your overall energy costs. Investigate the deals offered by your provider in detail to determine whether there are any that you can take advantage of.
  • Charging Apps: Electric vehicle owners can use specialized EV charging apps to easily locate nearby charging stations, verify their availability, and monitor the charging process. An easy and hassle-free EV charging experience is made possible by these apps.


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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