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What Should I Know About Renters with Electric Cars?

Electric Vehicle ChargingIf you’re a renter, you may be weighing greatly on how that works with having ownership of an electric car. Electric cars come with a range of benefits, except there are several things you want to take into consideration before bringing your electric car home to your Dr. Phillips rental house. In the following paragraphs, we will touch a bit on tenant responsibilities that come with electric car ownership while renting. We will further add tips on making owning an electric car work for you!

Electric Cars and Renting

You might already grasp well the many benefits of electric cars. Firstly, they’re much more affordable to operate than gas cars. Electric vehicles also emit even less pollution than gas cars, making them a more environmentally friendly option. And, on the account that electric vehicles are powered by electricity, you can relax when it comes to running out of gas!

These many benefits make electric cars a lovely and economical preference for renters. Although, while you may not need to be nervous about gas prices, you do need to apprehend the best practices when it comes to charging your vehicle between uses.

Charging Solutions

To charge an electric vehicle, you’ll be obligated to connect it to an external power source using a charging cable. The necessary time to charge an electric car depends on the size of its battery and the sort of charger you’re making use of. A home charger is the slowest choice, and public chargers are usually the fastest.

A whole lot of electric cars require a proprietary charging station, but others can simply be plugged into a 120v or 240v outlet in a garage or carport. There are strengths and weaknesses to all options.

Charging Station

One of the major benefits of a charging station is that it is simply designed to replenish your electric vehicle’s battery in a short amount of time. Except, they can be expensive to purchase and install. You may equally need your Dr. Phillips property manager’s permission to install the unit, and depending on what kind of agreement you can reach, you may need to leave the station behind if you move.

120v Outlet

120v outlets, at any rate, are much more common and can be easily used with any electric car. To use one, you pretty much just need a cord long enough to reach from your vehicle to the outlet. Except, they charge slower than proprietary stations. Recharging an average daily commute using a 120v outlet may indeed take all night.

240v Outlet

You could likewise settle on a 240v outlet if your garage or carport already has one. These outlets are oftentimes placed and used for large appliances, like electric dryers. Nonetheless, if you don’t have a 240v outlet installed somewhere accessible, you may want to have one installed. Much like the charging station, you would need to have landlord permission first and then pay for the installation, knowing you won’t be able to take it with you. That being said, a 240v outlet will charge an electric vehicle considerably faster than a 120v outlet – most often in just a few hours.

Anyway, whichever option you like, know that charging a vehicle at your rental property will always add to your electricity bill. If you pay for your own electricity as a renter, that may not matter to your landlord. Be that as it may, if utilities are included in your rent, your landlord may make you pay an additional fee for charging your electric vehicle on the property. You should ask about this before you bring your new car home.

Public Charging

One last matter to talk about, you could also choose to charge your electric vehicle using public chargers at work or other available locations. This solution can be convenient, as long as plenty of chargers are available in these places. You may even be able to find many free charging stations. But plenty of public chargers generally charge by either the hour or kilowatt-hour (kWh), making public charging a more expensive option. You also need to ensure you are using the proper type of charger for your vehicle. If indeed charging your electric car at your rental home isn’t a feasible option, public charging could be the best solution.

Having ownership of an electric car can be the best way to save money and help the environment, but there are a good deal of factors that you need to keep in mind if you’re a renter. By following the tips above, you can guarantee that owning an electric car works for both you and your landlord. And always make sure to charge responsibly!


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