As the airline industry sees passenger caps at major airports, and many other operational issues contributing to customer dissatisfaction, it appears that alternative forms of travel are being used as viable alternatives to flying.
Car rental company Hertz conducted its analysis to find out which European roads are most favorable for people with electric vehicles (EV). For his methodology, the top ten electric vehicle road trips are ranked by the number of charging points per mile – range and not getting caught somewhere is a major problem for anyone driving an EV.
At the top of the list of EV-friendly routes is the Netherlands, with an average of more than 14 chargers per mile. Even at the lower end of the list, routes through mountainous regions of the Alps and Catalonia are equipped enough for eco-friendly road trips this summer and beyond.
Ranking: Road Trip — Chargers/Mile
- 1: Tour of the Netherlands — 14.62
- 2: Northern Italy and the Lakes — 4.73
- 3: French Riviera — 4.06
- 4: Emilia Romagna – Bologna — 3.55
- 5: Chocolate and castles – Belgium/Luxembourg — 3.23
- 6: Rome and the Amalfi Coast — 2.68
- 7: Bern to Lucerne — 1.47
- 8: Valencia and the Costa Blanca — 0.73
- =9: French Alps — 0.55
- =9: Catalonia — 0.55
The Netherlands turns Orange into Green
The Dutch have traditionally been an environmentally conscious nation, and its massive electric charging infrastructure takes first place, with an average of 14.62 chargers per mile, putting it well ahead of second.
The route suggested by Hertz starts in Amsterdam (watch out for all pedestrians and cyclists!) before heading south via The Hague towards the port city of Rotterdam. The journey continues with drivers to see the dikes of Zeeland and then further inland to Eindhoven before returning to Amsterdam via Utrecht.
la dolce vita
This northern Italian road trip takes travelers to the best of Italy, through the cosmopolitan streets of Milan to the shores of Lake Como.
This trip goes through Turin, Milan and Monza and has almost five chargers per mile.
The French Riviera
Drivers travel from Cannes to Monaco and enjoy the most glamorous coastline in France. The route takes you past La Croisette in Cannes and then to Picasso’s Trail in Antibes.
Covering four towns at just 54 miles, this road trip is packed with sights along the French Riviera. The built-up nature of the route also means EV drivers are never far from a charging station, with just over four chargers per mile. You may find that you don’t even need one given the short nature of this trip.
The best of the rest
The other routes in this Top Ten include travel through Italy and France, Spain, Switzerland and the Benelux.
When it comes to the lower-ranked routes at the bottom of the list, drivers are still well taken care of. These routes are fully equipped for worry-free electric vehicle travel, with even the smallest of journeys delivering a charger every two miles on average.
Details of the routes can be found at Hertz’s website.