Zagreb, Croatia has the fifthsmallest EV charging density in Europe, a new study by Uswitch.com/electric-car can reveal.
With new research indicating that fuel costs have soared by 700% in Europe, it’s no surprise that 70% of European drivers would consider an electric vehicle for their next car.
Intrigued by this, Uswitch.com/electric-car were keen to discover the European cities with the largest density of EV chargers. To do this, they analysed city population size alongside the volume of EV charging bays per km², and per 100,000 people.
The 10 European cities with the smallest EV charging density
With only 0.07 charging bays per km², it can be revealed that Zagreb, Croatia has the fifth smallest EV charger density in Europe. The capital city has only 43 EV charging bays in total, over ten times fewer than that of neighbouring city Budapest, Hungary, which has 452 bays. Motorists may experience range anxiety in the capital due to poorly distributed EV charging bays, with Zagreb [0.05] having 80% fewer bays per 100,000 people than Budapest [0.26].
Sofia, Bulgaria has the smallest EV charger density in Europe, with 0.01 charging bays per km². The capital city is home to only 15 charging bays, 87% fewer than neighbouring city Bucharest, Romania, with 121 in total.
With only 0.04 charging bays per capita, Vilnius, Lithuania has the second-lowest EV charger density in Europe. With 69% fewer than neighbouring city Warsaw in Poland , Vilnius is home to only 21 EV charging bays, only 0.05 bays per km². The capital city has just under half the number of charging bays in comparison to Tallin, Estonia, with 35 bays.
The 10 European cities with the largest EV charging density
Oslo,Norway has the largest EV charger density in Europe with almost six [5.47] charging bays per km². The Nordic capital is home to 2,481 EV charging bays in total, 96% more than the number of chargers in Copenhagen, Denmark  despite having a similar population size. With almost four bays [3.98] per 100,000 people, the highest figure of all 31 European cities analysed, Oslo is the city most readily equipped for EV adoption in Europe.
With over three charging bays per km² [3.17], London, United Kingdom has the second-largest EV charger density in Europe. The British capital has almost 5,000 EV charging bays [4,991] in total, over 16 times the number of chargers in Paris, France . London is home to 0.56 bays per capita, this is over three times more than Brussels in Belgium, with only 0.18. With the second-largest level of EV charging provision per km², it’s no surprise that EV uptake in the capital is increasing, with one in eight new cars registered in London being electric.
Amsterdam in the Netherlands places third for its EV charging density, with 2.24 charging bays per km². Despite having a 72% smaller estimated population size than neighbouring city, Berlin, Germany, the Dutch capital has over double the number of EV charging bays per capita. Amsterdam is home to 0.67 bays per 100,000 people in comparison to Berlin’s0.31 bays. Not only this, but Amsterdam has over four times the number of bays per capita than Brussels, Belgium [0.18] which places sixth.
Ben Gallizzi, EV expert from Uswitch.com, comments: “When it comes to charging an electric car on the go, drivers can do so via an increasing number of public EV charge points located throughout city centres worldwide. It is worth bearing in mind that you may have to pay for some public EV chargers, so they are best used to top up the car's battery rather than charging it from empty to full.
Public charging points will usually charge at a 7 kW rate, providing about 30 miles of range per hour of charge (though some will charge at the faster rate of 22 kW). Public EV charge points can be paid for through an app on your phone, a dedicated electric car charging card or contactless payment depending on the provider.