Electricity instead of fuel: E-car drivers save almost 60 percent

Anyone who drives an electric car refuels much more cheaply than owners of vehicles with combustion engines. The saving compared to petrol engines is currently 59 percent, compared to diesel it is 57 percent. This is the result of a current evaluation by the comparison portal Verivox.

The average power consumption of the ten electric car models that were registered most frequently in 2020 is 19 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 km. With an average electricity price of 37.02 cents/kWh, these are currently costs of 7.04 euros. Extrapolated to an annual mileage of 15,000 km, the costs are around 1,055 euros.

Petrol engines consume an average of 7.7 liters per 100 km. With an average petrol price of 2.2 euros/litre, this amounts to 16.94 euros. That corresponds to 2,541 euros for 15,000 kilometers. The average consumption of diesel cars is 7 liters per 100 km. With an average diesel price of 2.317 euros/litre, the costs amount to 16.22 euros. With an annual mileage of 15,000 km, the costs add up to 2433 euros.

“In view of the high prices for petrol and diesel, everyone who drives an e-car is currently saving a lot of money. The average costs for petrol and diesel are currently more than twice as high,” says Thorsten Storck, energy expert at Verivox. “How energy costs develop in the coming months depends primarily on the war in Ukraine and a possible ban on imports of gas and oil from Russia.”

Three similar car models in comparison

A comparison of similar car models also shows that the electricity costs for refueling are significantly lower than the fuel costs. According to the ADAC Ecotest (05/2019), the VW e-Golf (136 hp) consumes around 17.3 kWh per 100 kilometers. If the current average price for household electricity is taken into account, this corresponds to a cost of around 6.40 euros. According to the ADAC Ecotest (03/2020), the modern petrol engine VW Golf 1.5 eTSI (150 hp) consumes 6.1 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to 13.42 euros. The economical diesel VW Golf 2.0 TDI (150 hp), which according to the ADAC Ecotest (09/2021) has a consumption of 4.8 liters per 100 km, costs 11.12 euros and is therefore also higher than the electricity costs of the comparable model .


According to a survey by the consulting firm EUPD Research, 77 percent of the charging processes for electric cars take place at home. Therefore, the average electricity price for households (37.02 cents/kWh) is decisive for a cost comparison. Depending on the provider and the type of charging, significantly higher costs can also arise at public charging stations. The average petrol and diesel prices correspond to the nationwide average of March 13, 2022 (source: clever-tanken.de). The average household electricity price was determined using the Verivox consumer price index for electricity. www.verivox.com

25.03.2022   |  

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