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The top five European cities for electric car owners

The top five European cities for electric car owners

For many, switching to an electric vehicle is more than just changing the car you drive, it’s a whole new lifestyle. But which cities provide the infrastructure to support that lifestyle?

Curious about the European cities most attentive to electric drivers, Uswitch.com created an index that evaluated the number of free EV charging locations, average energy prices, EV charging consumption, and distance from one EV charger to another. After using this index to assign 33 European cities an EV Incentive Score of 10, they determined the best cities in Europe to own an electric vehicle.

Reykjavik is the European city best equipped to support electric vehicles, with an EV Incentive Score of 7.94/10. The Icelandic capital consistently ranks high in the index, with a particularly low average distance between chargers (0.55 km). This is second only to The Hague (Netherlands), where the distance of one EV charger is less than 500 meters (0.48 km) from the other: 13% shorter than in Reykjavik. On average, 65% of EV chargers in the Icelandic city are also free, so electric motorists will rarely worry about the cost of charging.

With an EV Incentive Score of 7.54/10, Glasgow is the second best European city to own an electric car, Uswitch.com can reveal. While there is an average of 1.10km between chargers – double that of Reykjavik – they are almost always free. In fact, Glasgow analyzed the most free EV chargers of all cities at 92%, 136% more than those in London (39%).

Portugal’s Lisbon third, with an EV Incentive Score of 7.31/10. Despite the lowest percentage of free chargers in the survey (1%), Lisbon is in third place, as motorists enjoy the lowest price per kilowatt in Europe, namely €0.17/kW. Impressively, this is 35% cheaper than second place Prague (€0.26/kW), and 54% cheaper than Madrid prices.

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