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What Should I Know About Renters with Electric Cars?

Electric Vehicle ChargingIf you’re a renter, you may be assessing how that works with getting an electric car. Electric cars come with a range of benefits, yet there are a lot of things you have to know before bringing your electric car home to your Gainesville rental house. Going forward, we will touch on several tenant responsibilities that come with electric car ownership while renting. We will also offer tips on making owning an electric car work for you!

Electric Cars and Renting

You might already understand the benefits of electric cars well. To start, they’re more economical to operate than gas cars. Electric vehicles also emit markedly less pollution than gas cars, making them a more environmentally friendly option. And because electric vehicles are powered by electricity, you don’t need to fret about running out of gas!

These advantages make electric cars an attractive and economical choice for renters. While you may not need to worry about gas prices, you do need to understand the optimum way to charge your vehicle between uses.

Charging Solutions

To charge an electric vehicle, you need to connect it to an external power source using a charging cable. The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the size of its battery and the kind of charger you’re putting into use. A home charger is typically the slowest choice, while it is true that public chargers are usually the fastest.

Many electric cars need a proprietary charging station, but others can be plugged into a 120v or 240v outlet in a garage or carport. There are pros and cons to all options.

Charging Station

One of the major benefits of a charging station is that it is precisely designed to easily replenish your electric vehicle’s battery in a short amount of time. Yet, they can be expensive to purchase and install. You may especially need your Gainesville property manager’s permission to install the unit, and according to what kind of agreement you can establish, you may need to leave the station behind if you move.

120v Outlet

120v outlets, however, are much more common and can be safely used with any electric car. To use, you simply need a cord long enough to reach from your vehicle to the outlet. However, take note that these charges are slower than those of 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 usually utilized for large appliances, like electric dryers. On the other hand, if you don’t yet have a 240v outlet installed somewhere accessible, you may have to have one installed. Similar to 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. But to be sure, a 240v outlet will charge an electric vehicle way faster than a 120v outlet – largely in just a few hours.

Notwithstanding which option you opt for, keep in 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. Nonetheless, if utilities are included in your rent, your landlord may want you to pay an additional fee for charging your electric vehicle on the property. You should make sure to ask this before you bring your new car home.

Public Charging

On a final note, you could 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 locate a few free charging stations. However, most public chargers frequently charge by either the hour or kilowatt-hour (kWh), making public charging a more expensive option. You equally need to check that you are using the right type of charger for your vehicle. Then again, if charging your electric car at your rental home isn’t a viable option, public charging is perhaps the best solution.

Getting an electric car can be a great way to save money and help the environment, but there are numerous factors that you need to be mindful of if you’re a renter. By following the tips above, you can make sure that owning an electric car works for both you and your landlord. And secure to charge responsibly!


Are you on the lookout for a new rental home for you and your electric vehicle? Browse our listings to see and realize what’s available in your area!

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