Cost of charging an electric car globally

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Our world - we only have one, so it's no wonder we are making a conscious effort to become a cleaner and greener population. Our carbon footprint and collective effect on the world is a huge talking point - and rightly so!

This doesn't just mean we are making more of an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, it also includes the use of electric vehicles. They are becoming more commonplace on the roads, not only due to their less negative effect on the planet than diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles but also because of their efficiency and low running costs. But just how light on your wallet can running an electric vehicle really be?


We’ve studied the average household cost of electricity around the globe (kWh) to estimate how much it would cost to run an electric vehicle* on a maximum potential charge.

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*For consistency all calculations based on a Tesla Model S (100 kWh battery charge & 259 miles per charge).


We estimated the cost to charge an electric vehicle in each country by taking the average cost of electricity per kWh from the World Bank (using 2019 data, the most recent available) and multiplying this by 100, based on the maximum battery capacity of a Tesla Model S (100 kWh).

We then divided this figure by 405 (the range of the Model S in miles) to estimate a cost per mile, before multiplying this by 10 and 100 to estimate the costs per 10 and 100 miles.