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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 vehicles have become more popular due to its numerous benefits, which include being both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Owning an electric automobile can be difficult 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. 


If you don’t have access to a garage or a dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that can accept the proper charging connection and supply the needed power levels, you should check. Alternatively, see if there is a nearby public charging station.


Landlord Permission

Assume you are considering installing a charging station to improve the electrical system of your rented property. In that scenario, you should thoroughly review your lease agreement and get counsel from your landlord or property management company. You can avoid problems or misunderstandings by adhering to all of the rules and regulations mentioned in the lease agreement.


Be sure to communicate your plans clearly and seek permission before making any modifications to the property. This will satisfy your landlord and ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures when making repairs to your rented property.


Portable Chargers

If you’re having trouble setting up a separate charging station for your electric vehicle, consider using a portable charger that plugs into a standard household outlet. However, keep in mind that portable chargers are slower than dedicated charging stations and may not have enough range to meet your regular driving needs. As a result, it is critical that you ensure your rental property has charging outlets that are conveniently located.


When buying a portable charger, it is critical to consider the amperage rating of the outlet you intend to use. 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. This is because most portable chargers require this type of socket.  


It’s crucial to know that certain portable chargers require their own circuit, so read the manufacturer’s specifications before making a purchase.


Other Considerations

  • Public Charging: While it is not always the most cost-effective or practical option, using public charging infrastructure may be a viable option on occasion. Consider the locations and availability of charging stations in your community. This will help you estimate how much charging you will need, especially if you frequently travel long distances. Furthermore, the price structures of different charging stations may differ, which may alter your final costs. Because of this, it is critical that you carefully analyze your options before deciding.
  • Electric Utility Rates: Look into any programs your utility company may have to help you save money on charging if you own an electric vehicle. Your overall energy costs may vary significantly depending on the specific rates or incentives offered by these programs. Examine your supplier’s offers carefully to see if there are any that will work for you.
  • Charging Apps: Electric vehicle owners may identify charging stations nearby, confirm that they are working, and monitor the charging process with the use of specialized EV charging apps. These apps provide simple and convenient EV charging.


Owning an electric car as a renter involves more preparation and organization, but it is still a viable and sustainable solution. The greater availability of charging stations, as well as the larger sustainability movement, are pushing a growing number of renters to switch to electric vehicles. To ensure a smooth transition, undertake thorough research and keep open lines of contact with your landlord. By following these simple steps, you can profit from owning an electric car in a variety of ways while also helping the environment.


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