Many rental car companies offer greener solutions to a traditional gasoline-powered rental car. Hertz, Avis and Enterprise all offer rental electric vehicles, usually Tesla Model 3 sedans or Model Y SUVs, but sometimes a Polestar 2, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S or Kia Niro EV. You can also find all manner of privately owned EVs on the car-sharing rental app Turo. But landing in a strange city and popping into an EV instead of a Hyundai Elantra can add a considerable amount of stress to a business trip or vacation because operating an EV is simply not the same as a gasoline vehicle.
Renting an EV requires planning, a bit of research and the knowledge that many new EVs (especially Teslas) don’t work the same as traditional gas-powered cars. They differ greatly in many ways, from how to open and start the thing, to how far it can go before needing charging and how to charge it.
That shouldn’t dissuade you from giving one a try, however. Armed with a few tips and preparation, renting an EV to see if you like the experience before plunking down the cash to buy one can be relatively simple. Below are five easy steps that will help you prepare to rent an electric car, steps that could save you a big headache once you get behind the wheel.