Everything You Need to Know About Electric Car Rental

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Step into the future of motoring and get behind the wheel of an electric car from Europcar! With more countries looking to phase out the sale and use of conventional petrol-powered cars in the coming years, electric cars are the future of the automotive industry. 

Renting an electric car from Europcar will allow you to hit the road in style, comfort, and safety. Plus, you’ll save money on fuel and get the added satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing your bit for Mother Nature. 

The environmental benefits of electric cars are just one of their many advantages. You’ll be surprised at how enjoyable driving an electric vehicle is. Electric cars are great for city driving and can also handle long road trips. They’re the perfect vehicles for a business trip or a family holiday. 

Hiring an electric car is an ideal way to familiarise yourself with this remarkable new automotive technology. Get in touch with Europcar and you can discover all the benefits of going electric on the road. 

 The Benefits of Renting an Electric Car

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Electric cars have become increasingly popular during the last few years. Many drivers are now making the switch from cars with conventional engines to electric-powered cars. It’s not hard to see why.  

Electric cars are quieter than combustion engine vehicles, so they’re incredibly comfortable for long drives. The instant power that an electric motor provides makes them responsive and agile, so an electric vehicle is perfect for busy urban environments. 

Charging an electric car is considerably cheaper than paying for petrol. You can also save money when you’re not in the car as many European cities offer free parking for electric vehicles.

Then there are the green benefits of driving an electric car. Electric vehicles emit no carbon dioxide, so they have less impact on the environment than conventional vehicles. They’re definitely a more responsible option! 

How is an Electric Car Different from a Conventional Vehicle? 

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Unlike combustion engine vehicles, electric cars don’t have gears or clutches. All you have to do is jump in and hit the start button, put the car into drive, and you’re off. The lack of gears means the engine doesn’t have to build up to peak power. You’ll get all the power the engine is capable of right away. This makes speeding up fast! Most electric cars can go from zero to 60 kilometres in much less time than conventional vehicles. You’ll need to be aware of this if you’re new to driving an electric car. 

Braking in an electric vehicle also works a little differently. Just taking your foot off the accelerator will slow the car down considerably. Hitting the brake pedal is not always necessary except for sudden stops or parking. Drivers who are new to electric cars can find this disconcerting, but with a little practice, you’ll quickly get used to it.

Newcomers to electric cars often worry about the charging process and you will need to put some thought into how and where you charge your vehicle. It’s recommended to stick with the 80/20 rule when driving an electric car. Never let the car go below a 20% charge and rarely charge it above 80%. Keep in mind where you may find charging points for your vehicle. Various apps can help you locate chargers. It can take about 30 minutes to charge an electric vehicle, so factor this time into your schedule. 

How you drive your electric car will have an impact on how much range you get out of a charge. That instant power is lots of fun but will drain your battery! Most electric cars recharge when you take your foot off the accelerator or brake, so smart drivers can use this to their advantage. Try to maintain a constant even speed as this will help prolong your charge. Weather conditions also impact electric vehicles. You can expect to get less range in colder temperatures. Using the air conditioning will also deplete the battery, so be careful how much you use it! 

The Advantages of Renting an Electric Car with Europcar

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Rent an electric car with Europcar and you’ll get to choose from a range of some of the best models on the market from top manufacturers. Our electric cars are fitted with the latest technology and come with a full charge so you can get on the road right away! 

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If you’ve never been behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, now is the perfect time to become familiar with the latest in clean, green automotive technology. Discover more about alternative motoring with our blog post Everything You Need to Know About Hybrid Car Rental.

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