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What Should I Know About Renters with Electric Cars?

Electric Vehicle ChargingIf you’re a renter, you may be imagining how that works with buying an electric car. Electric cars come with a range of benefits, conversely, there are also a lot of things you will have to understand well before bringing your electric car home to your Midwest City rental house. In this article, we will speak of a few tenant responsibilities that come with electric car ownership while renting. We will also offer effective tips on making owning an electric car work for you!

Electric Cars and Renting

You might already be aware of the benefits of electric cars. First off, they’re more cost-effective to operate than gas cars. Electric vehicles also emit far less pollution than gas cars, making them a more environmentally friendly option. And, since electric vehicles are powered by electricity, you can relax without having to worry about running out of gas!

These clear benefits make electric cars a very attractive and economical choice for renters. But despite that,  while you may not need to be stressed about gas prices, you do need to know the reliable methods to charge your vehicle between uses.

Charging Solutions

To charge an electric vehicle, you have to connect it to an external power source using a charging cable. The time required to charge an electric car depends on the size of its battery and the sort of charger you are using. A home charger is often the slowest choice, whereas public chargers are the fastest.

Most electric cars make it necessary to have a proprietary charging station, while it is true that others can just be plugged into a 120v or 240v outlet in a garage or carport. There are favorable and unfavorable factors to all options.

Charging Station

One of the dominating benefits of a charging station is that it is fashioned to, very rapidly, replenish your electric vehicle’s battery in a short amount of time. Conversely, they can be expensive to purchase and install. You may also need your Midwest City property manager’s permission to install the unit, and provided on what kind of agreement you can accomplish, you may need to leave the station behind if you move.

120v Outlet

120v outlets, however, are much more commonly available and can be used with any electric car. To use one, you just need a cord long enough to reach from your vehicle to the outlet. But on a negative note, they charge less rapidly than proprietary stations. Recharging an average daily commute using a 120v outlet may take all night.

240v Outlet

You could also choose to use a 240v outlet if your garage or carport already has one. These outlets are largely used by large appliances, like electric dryers. But certainly, if you don’t yet have a 240v outlet installed somewhere accessible, you actually will have to have one installed. Much the same as the charging station, you would need to get landlord permission first and then pay for the installation, knowing you won’t be able to take it with you. Be that as it may, a 240v outlet will charge an electric vehicle far more rapidly than a 120v outlet – more likely in just a few hours.

Doesn’t matter which option you agree on, call to mind 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. Concurrently, if utilities are included in your rent, your landlord may like you to 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

Moreover, you could certainly 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 more free charging stations. But many public chargers characteristically charge by either the hour or kilowatt-hour (kWh), making public charging a more expensive option. You, on top of everything else, also need to completely make sure you are using the correct type of charger for your vehicle. Nevertheless, if charging your electric car at your rental home isn’t a really good option, public charging is most certainly the best solution.

Buying an electric car can be a great way to save money and help the environment, but there are a few factors that you need to always consider if you’re a renter. By following the tips above, you can be certain that owning an electric car works for both you and your landlord. And always keep in mind to charge responsibly!


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