The beginning of this year is in the spirit of further price increases, but fortunately this does not apply everywhere – charging electrified cars has become cheaper. PRE has kept (despite a slight increase in price) lower prices the whole time, E.ON has been cheaper since last October, and now it’s ČEZ’s turn, i.e. all three biggest players on the Czech market. So this is a great opportunity to summarize how much you will pay for charging electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the public network.

Home is always the cheapest

Let’s remember that, understandably, those who can charge at home still save the most. With the wallbox, you are entitled to a lower tariff D27d (which will reduce electricity costs for the entire household), with which you can charge for approx. 4.5 CZK/kWh (depending on the supplier and type of contract), so (depending on the consumption of your electric car) below the level of 1 CZK/km, which no car with an internal combustion engine can compete with (you can get there for roughly 2.5 CZK/km with diesel and 3 CZK/km with gasoline).

Foto: Hyundai

Installing a wallbox will not only speed up charging, but also make it cheaper – and it will also make energy cheaper for the whole household.

Charging in the public network

However, if you are smart, you can drive more economically than with a conventional car even when charging in the public network. Slow AC charging (up to 22 kW) costs 8 CZK/kWh, which means that you can drive for about 1.50 CZK/km. Fast DC charging (up to 150 kW) can then work out similarly at 10 CZK/kWh, so you drive for about 2 CZK/km. And if you are in a hurry to charge and charge ultra-fast (i.e. 150 kWh or more), you can even reach the amount of 13 CZK/kWh, which translates to 2.50 CZK/km, i.e. at the level of diesel.

You can see a preview of the price lists of individual operators below (prices are valid as of 15.1.2024), you can find more detailed information and conditions directly from the operators.

Will I have somewhere to charge?

It may not seem like it to you, but the charging infrastructure is developing very quickly in the Czech Republic (certainly faster than how the number of electric cars on Czech roads is growing). Last year alone, the three largest players on the Czech market put into operation four hundred charging stations, which brought the total number closer to 1,600 stations (that is, more than 3,200 charging points) and it continues to grow literally every day (and that’s not to mention dozens of other chargers from smaller operators) . So you don’t have to worry about having nowhere to charge.

Total amount Increase 2023
OVER 660 +144
PRE 660 +169
E.ON 265 +88
TOTAL 1 585 +401

What to watch out for

But it requires a little thinking and calculation if you want to drive this cheaply. Above all, it means have a contract directly with the operators, registered customers always have better tariffs. If you charge often, it makes sense to use a tariff with a small monthly fee (with ČEZ 100 or 300 CZK/month and with PRE 150 CZK/month, E.ON does not offer additional benefits), which will further reduce the price of each kWh.

At the same time, take beware of roaming (i.e. using one operator’s chip with another operator’s chargers, i.e. driving with a PRE chip on ČEZ, etc.), which will always be more expensive and you should use it exceptionally rather than regularly.

In detail too go through the service price list from the manufacturer of your electric car – the prices are quite different and you can pay a lot more for the comfort that one contract and one card will bring you.

Foto: Hyundai CZ

“Forgetting” an electric car at the charger can cost you dearly.

Also note that how long you spend on the charger – every operator has free minutes at the charger as part of the tariff, after exceeding which they charge relatively high fees (thereby trying to prevent cars from unnecessarily blocking the charger). You face the same charges if you leave a charged car with the connector plugged in at the charger.

Cheaper charging is more than welcome and goes hand in hand with the launch of a subsidy program for electric cars (albeit only for business customers and entrepreneurs). Motivating customers accustomed to the “problem-free” operation of internal combustion cars to switch less often to a more expensive car, which also forces them to change their current habits, is difficult, even if it entails greater user comfort and also lower operating costs – both for “fuel” and service.