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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 are becoming more and more popular because of its many benefits, which include being environmentally friendly and reasonably priced. However, if you rent a home, owning an electric automobile can be difficult. 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’re going to buy an electric car, the charging infrastructure that your rental property provides is essential. You should evaluate the electrical system in your property and confirm that it can handle the additional electrical load. 


If you lack access to a garage or a dedicated parking space with an electrical outlet that can accept the appropriate charging connection and supply the necessary power levels, you should check. As an alternative, see if there’s a convenient public charging station close by.


Landlord Permission

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s say that you are considering installing a charging station in order to upgrade the electrical setup of your rental property. If so, you should carefully review your lease agreement and consult with your landlord or property management company for guidance. A lease agreement outlines all the rules and regulations that you must abide by in order to prevent any potential problems or misunderstandings.


Be sure to communicate your plans clearly and seek permission before making any modifications to the property. You may appease your landlord and ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures while fixing any damage to your rented property by doing this.


Portable Chargers

If you are experiencing difficulties setting up a separate charging station for your electric vehicle, you may want to think about using a portable charger that plugs into a standard household outlet. It’s crucial to remember, though, that portable chargers may not have enough range for your regular driving needs and are slower than dedicated charging stations. Because of this, you must make sure that your rental property has outlets that are easily accessible and suitable for charging.


When buying a portable charger, it’s crucial to consider the amperage rating of the outlet you plan to use. If there isn’t a 120-volt, 20-amp accessible outlet on your rental property, you might need to contact an electrician to install one with the permission of your landlord. This is because the majority of portable chargers require this specific type of plug.  


It is crucial to keep in mind that certain portable chargers require their own circuit, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications before making a purchase.

Other Considerations

  • Public Charging: Using public charging infrastructure may occasionally be a workable solution, even if it’s not always the most affordable or practical one. The locations and availability of charging stations in your community should be taken into consideration. This will help you determine how much charging you’ll need, especially if you frequently travel long distances. Furthermore, the cost structures of different charging stations may differ, which could further impact your overall expenses. For this reason, it is imperative that you thoroughly weigh your options before making a decision.
  • Electric Utility Rates: If you drive an electric vehicle, find out about any programs your utility company may be doing to assist you save money on charging. The particular rates or incentives that these programs offer may have a significant impact on your overall energy costs. Examine the offerings made by your provider carefully to see if any of them will work for you.
  • Charging Apps: Electric vehicle owners may find nearby charging stations, confirm that they are operational, and keep an eye on the charging process with the use of specialized EV charging apps. These apps make hassle-free and simple EV charging feasible.


Owning an electric car as a renter may require more preparation and planning, but it is still a sensible and sustainable decision. Tenants are switching to electric vehicles at an increasing rate due to the greater availability of charging stations and the broader sustainability movement surrounding them. It’s imperative to carry out thorough research and keep lines of communication open with your landlord to ensure a seamless changeover. By taking these easy actions, you can help the environment and profit from owning an electric car in many ways.

At Real Property Management Acadia, we want your experience renting in Ellsworth and the surrounding area to be even better. Our commitment to ensuring tenant satisfaction and meeting your specific needs sets us apart in the market. Contact us immediately at 207-561-7482 or go to available listings!

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