Electric car rental

Electric cars are the future – more and more drivers are choosing to become owners of this quiet and environmentally friendly mode of transport. That’s why we have added several electric models to our fleet. They include the revolutionary VW ID.3 and the irresistible Peugeot e-208.

Why should you hire an electric car from Top Rent A Car?

Free Parking

Electric cars can be parked free of charge anywhere in the blue and green zones. You no longer have to waste time, driving around, looking for a parking space in the city centre.

Cheaper Travel

Lower fuel costs, which can actually be brought down to zero. With good planning and time management, you will be able to charge only at free stations in Bulgaria.

Pleasurable Driving

The silent engine, coupled with the latest technologies used to create the interior, makes driving an electric car extremely enjoyable and means you won’t feel tired at the end of a long journey.

Electric car brands we offer:

Citroen Ami - electric city vehicle MCAE

Dacia Spring + NAVI 27 kWh EDAE

Peugeot e-208 + NAVI 45 kWh HDAE

OPEL Mokka-e 50 kWh DDAE

VW ID.3 + NAVI 58 kWh CDAE

Time to try!

Save money with a rental electric car from Top Rent A Car

Booking an electric car makes it easy to keep costs to a minimum. With good route planning, you will be able to use only free charging stations, so you won’t have to pay for electricity at all. Hiring an electric car gives you the right to free parking in the green and blue zones in all major Bulgarian cities, which makes the rental costs even lower.
Let’s consider, as an example, a trip from Sofia to Varna for a week-long holiday. The table compares the costs of travelling by the fully electric VW ID.3 and the new VW T-Roc 2021 with those of a petrol engine car.

  VW ID.3 Pro 58 kWh VW T-Roc
7-day Car Rental
210 €
210 €
Fuel Costs
0 €
80 €
Parking Costs
0 €
70 €
210 €
360 €
The difference in costs for one week is substantial - up to 150 € or around 20 € a day.

If you need to charge at paid stations, you can uses the customer cards for quick and easy payment we provide with each rental. You can find more information about them here.

Frequently asked questions about an electric car

About Charging
Some stations have a cable that allows you to charge directly. If not, everything you need is in the boot of your car.
You can charge almost anywhere. You can charge your hired car at more than 200 charging stations across Bulgaria. Use this charging station map to find your nearest station. The number of public charging stations is constantly increasing.

We will provide you with charging cards for two of the paid charging networks. At the end of your rental, we will charge you for the electricity consumed. For €10 a day, you can rent a portable charging station from us, allowing you to charge from a three-phase socket.
In the boot of each electric car hired from us, you will find charging cables. To charge from the AC, plug a Type 2 cable into the station and into the car. DC stations have their own cables that must be connected to the electric car. Follow the steps at the charging station and wait for the required time. More types of charging stations can be found here.
Yes, the PlugShare app has information on all free charging stations, including their location. You can find more information here.
This is done to prolong the battery’s useful life.
Each electric car takes a different amount of time to charge, depending on the charging station, battery capacity, external temperature, etc. You will find detailed information on the page of each electric car we offer for rent. Take the electric VW ID.3 for example – its internal charger is 11kW when charging with AC, so it will take approximately 5 hours to charge from 0 to 100% at a slow charging station as its battery capacity is 58kWh. At a DC fast charging station, the car can be charged in approximately 1 hour.
Each electric car we offer for rent has a battery of different capacity. Once you find out the battery capacity (measured in kWh), you can easily calculate how much a charge will cost you. If we assume that 1 kWh in Bulgaria costs on average about BGN 0.20, incl. VAT, and the battery of Tesla Model S is 75 kWh, it will cost you BGN 15 to fully charge the battery. The impressive thing is that those BGN 15 will let you travel up to 450 km (WLTP), depending on your driving style, and the car will at no point harm the environment by releasing harmful emissions. Sounds good, right?

Payment is usually easy and can be made via a mobile app, charge card or debit/credit card. If you decide to charge the rented car at home, the cost will be included in your next electricity bill.
Here you can find a map of charging stations.
Yes, it is safe to charge in wet weather – public charging stations are weatherproof.
This only happens rarely when charging in public places. The cable is usually locked in both the charging station and the electric car, and only you can unlock and unplug it. After the charging session is over, some stations unlock the cable, which means someone else could disconnect it from the station. Sometimes, there are also cases of vandalism, an unavoidable part of city life.
Yes, you can charge an electric car while it is raining, but when plugging the cable into a station, make sure there is no water on its plug or in the station socket. Charge only at stations suitable for outdoor use. After making sure the plug is dry, you can connect the cable to the station. However, avoid charging in heavy rain or thunderstorms. Charging while it is snowing is usually safe, but again make sure the cable plug is dry before connecting it.
If you decide to charge at a paid station, you can use the cards for quick and easy payment you will receive from us along with the car documents. They are valid at the most popular charging stations in Bulgaria: Fines Charging and Eldrive. How it works: you charge using the cards and pay us at the end of the rental. We will give you detailed information about the electricity you have consumed at those stations. See more information here.
When you pick up the car, it will be charged to a minimum of 80%.
The car must be returned with a charge than can last at least 30 km.
After the vehicle is returned, we will hold the deposit amount pending verification of liabilities on the electric vehicle charge cards. When liabilities are established, the amount will be automatically withdrawn from the deposit and the balance will be released. In case that liabilities are not established, the deposit will be refunded in full.
Information about the distance each car can travel can be found on its page on our website.
The distance each car can travel is different and mostly depends on the environment and driving style. Unlike petrol engine cars, every time you use an electrically powered car feature, you are actually draining the battery. The WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) standard shows the user the real daily consumption of cars. You can find the distance calculated according to this standard on the page of every electric car we rent.
Electric cars can be parked free of charge anywhere in the blue and green zones. When parking in other car parks or private ones, you will have to cover the cost.
All electric car components are designed to withstand weather such as rain and snow. The batteries are hermetically sealed and water- and moisture-proof. Don’t worry – you can safely drive, charge or clean an electric car in the rain.