At service stations, car drivers can see the gas price on the display before they start fueling. That is a little different at charging stations for electric vehicles. The cost depends on the charging station operator and electricity provider. There are many different charging station operators with different billing systems and electricity providers throughout Europe.
How costs are billed depends on the following factors:
- Charging time:
Not only the pure charging time, but also the whole time your e-car is connected to the charging station is billed.
- Amount charged:
The amount of electricity charged – per kilowatt hour (kWh) – is billed.
- Basic fee:
Apart from the charging time and amount charged, many providers demand an additional basic monthly fee.
- Starting fee:
A one-off fee is payable when the charging process starts.
Apart from the fees levied by the charging station operators, there are sharp differences in electricity prices within the EU. You may have to pay between €0.10 and €0.89 per kilowatt hour – depending on the current electricity price in the country in question and whether the charging station is a public or private one. If you use the electricity in your own four walls, you pay an average of €0.30 per kilowatt hour in Germany. For a BMW i3 with a 42-kWh battery, that comes to €12.60 for a full charge, which would be enough for an average range of around 260 kilometers.