Essential Tips for Renting an Electric Vehicle

by | Feb 29, 2024 | 0 comments |

So, you find yourself holding the keys—or perhaps the key card—to an electric rental car, without much prior notice or experience. Whether it’s a spontaneous choice or the only option available, renting an EV can initially seem daunting. But fear not! We’re here to guide you through your first electric adventure with confidence and ease.


Understanding Your State of Charge

Unlike traditional gas-powered vehicles, electric cars require a bit more foresight when it comes to refueling. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s “state of charge” (SOC) and range, which indicate the battery level and estimated driving distance. Most EVs in rental fleets offer a range of 250-300 miles, but it’s crucial to check the SOC before setting off on your journey.


The range quoted by your EV is an estimate and can vary based on factors like driving speed, terrain, and weather conditions. To ensure a stress-free trip, maintain a healthy range buffer and plan charging stops accordingly. Remember, it’s better to overestimate your charging needs than to risk running out of power.


Where to Charge an Electric Car

Charging infrastructure plays a pivotal role in EV rentals. Before hitting the road, check to see where EV charging stations are along your route and destination. GPS apps like Maps and Google Maps can help locate where you can charge next. There are two types of public chargers: Level 2 (slower) and Level 3 (faster). Choose the appropriate charger based on your vehicle’s compatibility and charging needs.


Advanced Charging Tips

For optimal charging efficiency, seek out stations with higher power ratings compatible with your vehicle. Additionally, consider charging up to 80% capacity, as charging speeds tend to slow down afterward. Planning ahead and anticipating charging errors can help streamline your charging experience and minimize disruptions during your journey.


What to Do If You Get Stranded

In the unlikely event of running out of charge, remain calm and contact roadside assistance or AAA for support. Most towing services offer mobile charging solutions to get you back on the road swiftly. Remember to prioritize safety and plan your trips with charging contingencies in mind.


Wrapping Up Your Journey

Before returning your rental EV, ensure that the battery level matches or exceeds the initial charge level. Avoid penalties by topping up your battery to the agreed-upon level, allowing for extra travel time if necessary. With careful planning and awareness of charging options, you can transform your EV rental experience from apprehension to electric excitement.


Embark on your electric adventure with confidence, armed with these essential tips for renting an electric vehicle. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a cross-country road trip, embrace the future of sustainable travel and enjoy the journey one charge at a time.

Click here to read the full article, originally published February 26, 2024, by Inside EVs.


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