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Before purchasing your first electric car

We will stop driving petrol-powered cars, it’s just a matter of time. Many people changing to electric car already. In the UK new registrations of plug-in cars increased 50x during the 5 years. The more I think about electric car as can owner, the more questions it raises:


Would lengthy charging times interfere with my regular driving habits?

How do batteries behave in winter?

Is the current charging infrastructure reliable?

What if I need to make an extremely long journey?

It seems the only way to get straight answers to these and related burning questions is to give it a try for yourself.


And, as it happens, a new short-term car-rental subscription service allows you to addresses these very questions on very reasonable terms.


Borrow is a car subscription service dedicated exclusively to electric cars, offering short-term car leasing for a flat monthly fee. For the time being, the service is only available in one location — California.



Borrow lets you choose between three plans: City, Premium, and Platinum. Cars in the fleet range from the Fiat 500eand the Nissan Leaf to the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf — and of course no electric fleet would not be complete without a Tesla — in this case, the Model S.

The minimum leasing period is three months — six- and nine-month periods are also available. Please note that insurance is NOT included in any of the plans.


For those still in two minds about going completely electric, this service addresses some real-life reservations, but they could make it even better — trade-in and long-term car lease options would have been a good idea.


I could easily see myself signing up with Borrow and choosing the Tesla for a short-term lease. If I ended up being really happy with an electric car, I could trade in my current petrol model and carry on leasing the Tesla.

Now, to me, that sounds like a perfect service!

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