electric cars “refuel” up to 59% cheaper than combustion

According to an analysis by the Verivox portal, those who drive an electric car refuel much less expensively than owners of combustion engine vehicles. The economy compared to petrol cars is currently 59%, compared to 57% for diesel.

According to Verivox, the average power consumption of the ten most registered electric car models in 2020 is 19 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 km. With an average electricity price of 37.02 cents/kWh, this currently represents a cost of 7.04 euros. Extrapolated to an annual mileage of 15,000 km, the cost would be 1,055 euros.

According to the analysis, gasoline cars consume an average of 7.7 liters per 100 km. At an average petrol price of 2.2 euros/litre, this means costs of 16.94 euros. This corresponds to 2,541 euros for 15,000 kilometers. The average consumption of diesel cars is 7 liters per 100 kilometers. With an average diesel price of 2.317 euros/litre, the cost is 16.22 euros. With an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers, the costs amount to 2,433 euros.

Given the high prices of gasoline and diesel, anyone who drives an electric car is saving a lot of money right now. Average gasoline and diesel costs are currently more than doubled. The development of energy costs in the coming months depends above all on the war in Ukraine and the possible cessation of oil and gas imports from Russia.

Thorsten Storck, Verivox.

The fact that the cost of electricity for refueling is significantly lower than that of gasoline is also demonstrated by comparing similar car models.

According to the ADAC Ecotest (05/2019), the VW e-Golf consumes around 17.3 kWh per 100 km. Taking into account the current average price of household electricity, this corresponds to costs of around 6.40 euros.

According to the ADAC Ecotest (03/2020), the modern VW Golf 1.5 eTSI petrol consumes 6.1 liters of petrol per 100 km, which corresponds to 13.42 euros. The VW Golf 2.0 TDI diesel, which according to the ADAC Ecotest (09/2021) consumes 4.8 liters per 100 kilometers, costs 11.12 euros, which is also higher than the electricity costs of the comparable model.

According to a survey by consultancy EUPD Research, 77% of electric car charging processes are carried out at home. Thus, the average electricity price for households (37.02 cents/kWh) is decisive for the cost comparison. However, at public charging stations, the costs can be considerably higher, depending on the provider and charging method. The average gasoline and diesel prices correspond to the national average as of 13.03.2022 (source: smart-tanken.de). The average household electricity price was collected using the Verivox Consumer Electricity Price Index.


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