Our Nero was a great daily driver – although there was no charging solution at home.

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With the ever-increasing number of electric charging stations, it has never been easier to own an EV. But we who live in apartment buildings – or in rented property where charging points are not allowed – will continue to have trouble knowing how to pay for an electric car.

I have lived with our best Long-term Kia Nero EV In a rented apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the past six months, I have received various suggestions on how to own an apartment in rented accommodation.

Know the charging points near you

If you live near fast charging points, in-house charging may not be a problem at all. Instead of plugging in, you can simply leave it on the street charger and move it when it is full. Or you can get a quick charger on your regular car, where you park for 15 minutes every day to upgrade your car.

I used Zip-Map here in the UK to install some chargers around Edinburgh and found a fast charger at Shell gas station for about 10 minutes. Of course, it is not only in the corner, but it is close to where I can zip, plug and listen to podcasts for 20 minutes, as it brings up to 80% of my range.

However, remember, public charging points typically cost you more per kilowatt than your home power supply, so you pay a little extra to water your vehicle. Some providers offer low fees (and even reduced subscription options) for members, so it is important to consider whether you can sign up as a member instead of simply using it as a guest each time.

Thanks to DC’s fast charger, Nero’s juice is synchronized.

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Choose a car with a good range

If you are still buying your EVA choice, it is important to remember how to pay exactly before you spend your money. If you can charge at home or at a nearby location, small town cars, such as the lower range Mini Cooper S. (114 miles according to EPA) would be perfect.

However, if you have to travel a little farther, you do not have to make that trip to recharge more often. My creditor Kia Niro EV has a maximum area of ​​239 miles, so I don’t have to worry about charging, even after the arrival of many local prisoners around the city and even to the nearest beach. I only have to take a course on the way home to the charcoal forest.

Invest in a good extension cord

You do not need to install the EV charging wall box to upgrade your car. Just plugging it into your regular household electrical outlet makes the trick – albeit a lot, much slower. If your property does not have an outlet near your parking lot, you will need to invest in a good extension cord. Don’t go cheap here; Remember that you are using a lot of power through this cable, so make sure it has a built-in surge and heat shield.

The minimum power output is very low, so it takes many, many hours to charge your car from a specific indoor outlet. But it’s still better than nothing, and I find this a great solution in my rented accommodation, with parking directly outside the door and plugging the extension cord into the power outlet in my post office.

While waiting for the car to pay, I found some photo editing on the iPad.

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Always plan ahead

A little planning goes a long way. My advice is not only before the next one, but always at the end of a journey. That way, you’re always ready to go and you don’t have to worry about adding an extra 30 minutes to your trip, especially if you’re in a hurry.

Of course, sometimes you want to return home after a long day. Maybe you’re blowing up the toilet or there’s a TV show you want to catch, but if you pass that charging point when you get home, is it really that uncomfortable even to give a quick boost now? , Instead of regretting it later?

Don’t let your territory fall too far

It may be safe to drive past and go straight to a comfortable seat and beer. But at least if you are sure you have enough space to get to the charging point. Personally, I would never like to allow my territory to be less than 50 miles. Of course, it is more than I need to get to any of our local chargers, but that means I am always ready to go and I don’t have to worry about grinding if I have to go to the store suddenly. They stand on the road.

This is especially important if you only have one charging point near you. What if it’s out of order when you arrive? Do you have enough space to move you to another place? Keeping a small amount of juice in the tank at all times is a safe practice.

Keep following me as I explore all of these options in the process My time with Kia Nero Eve.