A new survey of the cost of charging an electric vehicle across Europe shows Ireland is the fourth most expensive country when it comes to public plugging in.

The survey by price comparison website,Switcher.ie, has analysed official Eurostat data from several countries and reveals that it costs an average of €15.08 to charge an EV in Ireland, while Ukraine is the cheapest country in Europe to charge in and Germany emerges as the most expensive.

Irish consumers pay €12.21 (418%) more per charge than Ukrainian consumer while the average cost to charge across Europe is €10.13. The figures relate to public charging points.

Top 10 most expensive countries

COUNTRY CHARGE COST AND COST OF DRIVING 100KM:

1. Germany €19.02 - €6.27

2. Denmark €17.71 - €5.84

3. Belgium €17.45 - €5.75

4. Ireland €15.08 - €4.97

5. Spain €13.99 - €4.61

6. Italy €13.91 - €4.59

7. United Kingdom €13.77 - €4.54

8. Cyprus €13.33 - €4.40

9. Portugal €13.25 - €4.37

10. Liechtenstein €13.22 - €4.36

Top 10 cheapest countries

COUNTRY CHARGE COST AND COST OF DRIVING 100KM

1. Ukraine €2.91 - €0.96

2. Kosovo €3.78 - €1.25

3. Serbia €4.61- €1.52

4. North Macedonia €4.89 - €1.61

5. Bosnia and Herzegovina €5.44 - €1.79

6. Turkey €6.22 - €2.05

7. Bulgaria €6.23 - €2.05

8. Hungary €6.44 - €2.13

9. Moldova €6.67- €2.20

10. Estonia €7.72 - €2.55

However, Tom Spencer, editor of the new irishEVs.com website says the study "overlooks a very key piece of information - electric car owners have always prioritised charging at home and always will do."

He says home charging is kinder on batteries, has the lowest carbon intensity for electricity production, and is considerably cheaper, with a charge costing as little as €4.70 from empty to full.

"While this report shows that we need to tackle the cost of public charging in Ireland, it overlooks that the vast majority of owners choose to charge at home, and always will", he says.

Electric cars now represent about 10% of new European car sales and are growing steadily compared to 2019.