These are the European capitals of electric cars: this is the situation in Germany

Many motorists are flirting with switching to an electric car (pros and cons). But in addition to the personal budget and driving profile, the charging situation in the place of residence also determines the fluidity of the transition to alternative driving. The USwitch comparison portal has now looked at which cities offer the best terms for electric cars, and Germany isn’t doing very well.

These are the best electric cars

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Kia EV6

Kia EV6

Recommended retail price from EUR 44,990, savings: up to EUR 14,069 / leased from EUR 239

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

RRP: EUR 97,807, savings: up to EUR 6,152

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,594 / lease from EUR 299

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 e-tron

Recommended retail price from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,420 / best leasing price: EUR 89

Skoda Enyaq iV80

Skoda Enyaq iV

Recommended retail price from EUR 34,600, savings: up to EUR 11,584 / leased from EUR 233

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

Recommended retail price from EUR 34,490, savings: up to EUR 13,419 / leased from EUR 197

Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ for two

Recommended retail price from EUR 21,940, savings: up to EUR 11,430 / leased from EUR 60

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Recommended price from EUR 46,560; Savings up to EUR 7975 / in leasing from EUR 275.00

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

Recommended price from EUR 30,400; Savings: up to EUR 12,281.00

Volvo XC40 charging

Volvo XC40 charging

Recommended price from EUR 48,650; Savings: up to EUR 9,570.00

Conditions of the electric car: 33 metropolises under the magnifying glass

USwitch looked at 33 European metropolises for the study, evaluating only a maximum of five cities in a country. Vying for Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne and Munich.

Infrastructure, price, distance, services, 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 German cities, but only ranked 17th overall, so there is still room for improvement here!

Rear light in Germany: Frankfurt am Main

Disappointing taillight in Germany: Frankfurt am Main (EV score 5.81). Above all, the high price of the charging current (45 cents per kWh) has bothered analysts. A kilowatt hour of electricity costs more only in Turin (46 cents) and London (52 cents).

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Only three of the cities surveyed in Europe were more hostile towards Stromers than Frankfurt! For a change, Liverpool are bottom of this table with an EV score of 4.89, followed further by Paris (5.68) and Vienna (5.80).

Many free charging stations in Munich

Cologne landed just one place ahead of Frankfurt. Testers are particularly bothered by the large distances between charging stations. In Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, the distances are shorter, therefore the best evaluation. With a large number of free stations, Munich secured the top spot in Germany’s ranking. But the winners of the city comparison show that things can be done much better.

German cities at a glance














Frankfurt am Main


Top 5 cities for electric vehicle drivers

1. Reykjavík: With an overall score of 7.94, the Icelandic capital crowns itself as the best European city for electric vehicle drivers. The small distance between the charging stations of only 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 electric car are the best in a European comparison.

2. Glasgow: With a 92% better study value for free shippers, Glasgow secured second place with a final score of 7.54.

3. Lisbon: Despite having the worst score of 1% for free magazines, Lisbon still performs 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 most voted city in Central Europe. With over half of the free charging stations, Budapest scores well in all four categories.

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

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