Huge price differences for EV charging in EU

A recent study conducted by Dutch company energievergelijk, which consulted 198 fast charging stations in Europe, shows that the average rate for charging an electric car across the continent is 73 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

Luxembourg is the cheapest country for EV drivers. For an average of 22.63 euros, the test car from the study is charged from 20 to 80 percent. Good for 49 kWh of power and a range of about 250 kilometers. The kilowatt-hour price in Luxembourg is only 46 cents.

Charging rates are also very favourable in Iceland (60 cents per kWh), France, and Norway (both 62 cents).

In the Czech Republic and Italy, the costs for charging along the motorway are highest. Here, a charging session costs around 42 euros (86 cents per kWh), which is almost 20 euros (or 30 cents per kWh) more than in Luxembourg. The United Kingdom is also one of the expensive countries with a charging rate of 84 cents per kWh.

In the Netherlands, the average cost for a charging session is 35.06 euros, which translates to 72 cents per kWh. This puts the Netherlands just below the European average.

Tesla Supercharger low rates

Those who drive a Tesla pay the least for electric charging. Elon Musk's Supercharger network has lower rates throughout Europe than other providers. The average price for a charge at Superchargers is just over 20 euros, or 41 cents per kWh. Even if you don't drive a Tesla, charging via this network is cheaper: an average of 56 cents per kWh.

The cheapest country for Tesla drivers is Denmark, where charging an EV costs just 10.20 euros for 49kWh of power. That works out to 21 cents per kilowatt hour. Charging with a Tesla is also cheap in the Netherlands: 17.10 euros (35 cents per kWh). The most expensive Tesla chargers are in Italy, where one has to tap 55 cents per kWh.

Importance of transparent pricing

"It is often complicated for the electric driver to see in advance how much a charging session will cost. There are countless providers and dozens of charging cards, each with their own tariff structure," says energy expert Koen Kuijper.

It is not only along European roads that the price differences are large. For example, recent research by the Consumers' Association showed that charging rates within built-up areas in the Netherlands can also vary greatly. "The substantial price differences between providers underline the importance of transparent price information. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in the rest of Europe," says Kuijper.

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