These are Europe’s e-car capitals – that’s the situation in Germany

Many motorists are flirting with switching to an electric car (advantages and disadvantages). But in addition to the personal budget and driving profile, the charging situation at the place of residence also determines how smoothly the switch to the alternative drive works. The comparison portal USwitch has now examined which cities offer the best conditions for e-cars – and Germany does not come off really well.

These are the best electric cars

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BMW iX xDrive50


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Kia EV6

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Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

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Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Audi Q4 e-tron 40

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Skoda Enyaq iV80

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Mazda MX-30

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Smart EQ Fortwo

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Tesla Model 3

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Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

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Volvo XC40 Recharge

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E-car conditions: 33 metropolises under the magnifying glass

USwitch scrutinized 33 European metropolises for the study, with only a maximum of five cities from one country being evaluated. In the running for Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main, Cologne and Munich.

Infrastructure, price, distance, performance, free stations

The focus of study was based on the charging infrastructure, the following categories were evaluated: average charging price, average distance between charging stations, average charging performance and percentage of free stations.

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A score (EV score) was then determined from these factors, with 10 being the maximum value. Munich (EV-Score 6.38) performed best among the German cities, but only ranked 17th overall – so there is still room for improvement here!

Tail light in Germany: Frankfurt am Main

Disappointing tail light in Germany: Frankfurt/Main (EV score 5.81). Above all, the high price for charging current (45 cents per kWh) bothered the analysts. A kilowatt hour of electricity is more expensive only in Turin (46 cents) and London (52 cents).

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Only three of the cities surveyed in Europe were more unfriendly to Stromers than Frankfurt! For a change, Liverpool is bottom of the table in this ranking with an EV score of 4.89, followed at a greater distance by Paris (5.68) and Vienna (5.80).

Many free charging stations in Munich

Cologne landed just one place ahead of Frankfurt. The testers are particularly annoyed by the large distances between the charging stations. In Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, the distances are smaller, hence the better rating. With a high number of free stations, Munich secured first place in the Germany ranking. But the winners of the city comparison prove that things can be done much better.

German cities at a glance






The top 5 cities for EV drivers

1. Reykjavik: With an overall score of 7.94, the Icelandic capital crowns itself as the best European city for EV drivers. The small distance between the charging stations of just 550 meters is particularly impressive – only The Hague in the Netherlands is better (480 meters).

View from the spire of Hallgrims Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, the conditions for using an e-car are best in a European comparison.

2. Glasgow: With a study best value of 92 percent for free chargers, Glasgow secured second place with a final score of 7.54.

3. Lisbon: Despite having the worst score of 1 percent for free chargers, Lisbon still does well. With an average price of just 17 cents per kWh, the Portuguese capital achieved an impressive overall score of 7.31.

4. Budapest: With a final score of 7.14, the Hungarian capital Budapest is the best rated Central European city. With over half free charging stations, Budapest scores solidly in all four categories.

5.Oslo: Despite only 8 percent free charging stations, the Norwegian capital achieves a final score of 7.04, which is mainly due to the average distance of the charging stations of 610 meters.

link to: Uswitch

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