Revealed: Where Ireland ranks in Europe’s best road trips by electric car

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New research from switcher.ie ranks the top 15 road trips for EV drivers. An expanding charger network and longer-range EVs make those iconic European road trips cheaper, cleaner, and easier than ever.

From Ireland’s Cork to Killarney route, to the Black Forest highway in Germany and the vineyards of Slovenia, switcher.ie compares famous routes by public and private charging costs, number of charging points, accommodation with charging facilities, tourist hotspots and national parks on route.

Across the 15 iconic road trips, it costs, on average, €9.62 per 100km to charge an EV at public stations. There was also an average of 80 public charging points and 14 hotels with chargers per 100km.

  • Ireland’s Cork to Killarney route had 24 chargers per 100km and cost €8.95 per 100 km for public charging – €2.46 per 100km more than Sweden, which was the cheapest route on our list.

  • Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren route was the best EV trip, with the lowest public charging costs and the most public chargers on the route. It also ranked fourth highest for tourist attractions and national parks.

  • Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren, Luxembourg’s city to Mondorf-les-Bains, Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran, Belgium’s Brussels to Ypres, and The Netherlands’ Rotterdam to Groningen were the top five road trips. These routes had the highest numbers of public charging facilities, reasonable charging costs and plenty of tourist attractions.

  •  Hungary, Sweden, Slovenia and France were the cheapest public and private charging routes.

  • Road trips in Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Ireland featured the most tourist attractions and green spaces, from museums to national parks and famous landmarks.

 

Best countries for an EV road trip

EV drivers can enjoy low charging costs and an abundance of public chargers on Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren road, from the cobbled streets of the capital city toward the country’s third largest salt-water lake.

There are also plenty of chargers around hotels, cafes, shops, restaurants, and green spaces en route.

Best for charging facilities

Belgium’s Brussels to Ypres route – stretching 267 km through the towns of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and De Haan – ranked fourth best on our index. It topped our list for charging point facilities, with the most EV-friendly hotels and cafes, restaurants, or shops with charging facilities nearby.

The top four routes for public charging facilities were Switzerland’s Zurich to St. Moritz, Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren, the Netherlands’ Rotterdam to Groningen, and  Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran.

Cheapest charging costs

Hungary’s Pécs to Hévíz route – which starts on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains and finishes in the country’s prominent spa town – was the cheapest route for both public and private charging, and cost, on average, €7.28 per 100km for public charging, and €2.05 for private.

 Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälare, Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran, and France’s Lyon to Grenoble route were the cheapest overall for both private and public, costing, on average,  €6.89 per 100km for public charge.

That’s compared to the most expensive trips – in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Ireland – where it cost an average of €17.71.

Best for tourist attractions

Road trips in Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Ireland featured the most tourist attractions and green spaces, from museums to national parks and famous landmarks.

  Chargers per 100km Accommodation with charging per 100km Chargers with dining per 100km Attractions per 100km Parks/national parks per 100km Avg Price for 100km public charge Avg Price for 100km private charge Index score
Sweden

Stockholm

and around Lake Mälaren

134 14 53 13 20 €6.49 4 4.17
Luxembourg 

Luxembourg city

to Mondorf-les-Bains

97 11 38 30 19 €8.50 €3.65 3.90
Slovenia 

Ljubljana to Piran

87 18 38 12 20 €6.93 €3.82 3.55
Belgium 

Brussels to Ypres

94 34 77 11 18 €11.41 €6.83 3.33
Netherlands

Rotterdam to Groningen

84 15 65 8 23 €11.50 €4.55 3.03
Switzerland

Zurich to St.Mortiz

92 23 61 9 16 €10.36 €5.62 2.82
Hungary 

Pécs to Hévíz

39 6 14 16 20 €7.28 €2.05 2.81
Denmark

 Odense to Valdemars Slot

107 8 29 25 22 €11.67 €6.43 2.74
Germany 

The Black Forest

81 12 16 22 28 €11.41 €7.27 2.67
Spain 

Malaga to Cadiz

61 13 25 15 20 €9.65 €4.25 2.59
Austria 

Salzburg to Lienz

77 20 31 9 20 €10.18 €4.97 2.55
Finland 

Helsinki to Turku

98 8 36 9 18 €10.27 €4.35 2.33
France 

Lyon to Grenoble

83 7 21 11 15 €6.85 €4.69 2.28
Ireland 

Cork City to Killarney

24 9 12 10 28 €8.95 €6.86 1.88
Croatia

Split to Dubrovnick

27 8 16 16 20 €12.81 €2.68 1.79
  • Public prices listed  above are from the Alternative Fuels Observatory Calculator, and are indicative. The calculator shoes a weighted price applied to public recharging.

  • Since they are weighted prices, the prices applied by any given CPO or MSP in the country of choice may differ from those in the calculator.

  • Please also note that additional costs may apply, such as a blocking fee.

Eoin Clarke, commercial director says: “Public EV charging costs can fluctuate hugely from country to country, so choosing a road trip route with lower charging rates can help your holiday money go that bit further.

Not only do charging costs vary by country, but the type and location of charging points also impact price. Public charging often costs twice as much as at-home charging, and faster chargers, while convenient, are more expensive.

Europe’s charging infrastructure is improving constantly, but as EVs still heavily outnumber chargers, it’s important to map your route carefully. Consider how often you’ll need to stop to recharge and check out which hotels, service stations, and restaurants offer charging so you’re never caught short.

If you’re renting an EV, consider Car Hire Excess to cover hefty excess fees for potential damage, and if you’re bringing your own car, always check what’s covered in your insurance policy before you leave. If you plan to stay more than 31 days, you may have to pay an additional fee.