Thinking of Buying an Electric Car? Here's How to Test One Out on Your Next Road Trip

Planning a road trip in one of Turo’s EVs is an opportunity to experience the driving difference.

Highway 127 in the Mojave Desert near Death Valley, looking north, showing Eagle Mountain in the background.

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Buying a new car should be fun, but it’s often an intimidating experience, with so many makes, models, optional accessories, and decisions. Today, the increasing popularity of electric vehicles adds yet another dimension to car buying. For drivers who are accustomed to fueling up at gas stations, the idea of plugging in their car to charge it might seem like a major adjustment.

Many of the questions about switching to an electric vehicle (EV) center around mileage range and the charging process. The driving experience can also feel somewhat different, as EVs can accelerate more quickly than gas-powered cars.

Turo, the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace (the “Airbnb of cars,” if you will), offers the perfect solution. Turo is an affordable, reliable, and flexible alternative to traditional rental agencies. In their wide variety of car listings, about 8% are electric vehicles, and Turo’s hosts provide some of the most sought after makes and models to choose from. 

Planning a road trip in one of Turo’s EVs is an opportunity to experience the driving difference, especially if the trip requires both highways and local streets. It’s a way to understand the vehicle’s range, how to charge it, try different charging stations, and just become accustomed to how the vehicle feels. Drivers will soon notice the number of EV charging stations in parking garages, mall parking lots, stores, and hotels, with the EV charging infrastructure expanding constantly. 

Turo vehicles are available in more than 9,500 cities across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and France, allowing customers to reserve and pick up a vehicle conveniently. To book a car on Turo, just set up an account, enter your driver’s license and some other information for approval. In the U.S., you must be at least 18 years old (another advantage over most rental car companies), and once approved you're all set.

Just enter your destination, go to the special section for electric vehicles, and browse through the listings to select the EV that appeals to you. Many hosts offer delivery to airports, train stations, hotels, or custom delivery locations.

In addition to trying out vehicles for buying research, Turo users rent cars for vacations, business trips, temporary needs, and often just for the fun of driving a different type of car. Once your account is set up, the rest is simple.

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