Driving with an electric car in Barcelona can be more expensive than driving a petrol one


As of this Monday, the obligation to pay to make use of the network of public charging points for electric vehicles in the city of Barcelona has come into force. The basic rate for charging points for cars and vans on the street is 0.49 euros, and 0.30 euros per kWh in the case of normal night charging in the car park, a very high price that has aroused some criticism and unrest among users of electric vehicles who regularly use the public recharging network in the Catalan capital. In the case of motorcycles, the price per kWh varies between 0.40 euros if loaded on the street and 0.30 euros in B: SM car park at night.

In the case of having an EcoFriend pass (which is priced at 50 euros for individuals and 100 for professionals) the rates per kWh of power drop to 0.40 euros in case of daytime charging on the street and in the 0.22 euros in night parking in the case of cars and vans, and 0.30 and 0.20 respectively in the case of motorcycles. All rates are now possible consult the municipal website endolla.barcelona.

Does it really matter?

So far one of the advantages of electric cars was their payback plan over combustion in terms of fuel, mechanical overhauls and wear and tear of parts. However, a user might find that it is cheaper to fill up the petrol or diesel tank to cover more kilometers than to move with an electric car if you need the Barcelona public charging network and do not have your own garage where you can plug in the vehicle. take advantage of valley hours or less electric charging.

For example, an electric car like the Honda e, which we tested a few weeks ago, has an actual consumption of about 18 or 19 kWh per 100 kilometers, which means more than 9 euros to cover this distance. Instead, a non-plug-in hybrid Toyota Yaris spends about 5.2 liters of gasoline to travel the same kilometers in the same environment, and the current price of gasoline (1.225 € / L) would cost 6.37 euros. Also, the waiting times to fill up the gas tank and to fully charge an electric car are not comparable to today.

The comparison could be even more bloody if we take as a reference the consumption of a powerful electric car on fast roads and highways, which is where more consumption is recorded by electric cars. A Tesla Model X like the one we tested some time ago has a consumption of 24.3 kWh / 100 kilometers, which could mean that if we want to travel from Andorra or Amposta to Barcelona (about 200 kilometers) and take the opportunity to charge the vehicle, the price of the trip (round trip) would reach 23.81 euros or 48.6 euros in case of the round trip applying the fare prices of Barcelona.

Interestingly, the same route with a diesel SUV that consumes about 6 liters per 100 kilometers at the current price of diesel (1.10 € / L), would cost about 13.2 euros in the case of a one-way trip or 26.4 euros in case the trip was round trip.

In any case, it is much cheaper to charge the car in its own domestic plug taking advantage of the valley hours of the night, when the price per kWh can fall around 0.10 or 0.15 euros, but in a city like Barcelona, where most people live in flats and park on the street or in collective car parks, it is not so easy to install a domestic point that, in addition, also requires a significant investment.


Source: Ara.cat – Portada by motor.ara.cat.

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