Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Croatia

UPDATED: 24.5.2023.

If you are driving an electric car through Croatia, you might be wondering how you’ll be able to charge it when needed to keep your trip going. Or perhaps you live in Croatia and would like to buy an electric vehicle but just aren’t sure if it’s practical.

Running out of charge on an electric car is not a good situation. Your vehicle can come to a stop, whether it’s a safe place to do so or not. Letting your battery run out like this can also cause damage to your car.

In 2022, Croatia had more than 3.000 electric cars and 16.000 hybrid cars, making it imperative that there are easy-to-reach EV charging stations accessible for residents and tourists alike.

To help ensure you don’t get stranded while driving an electric car in Croatia, we’ve prepared a brief guide on finding the many EV charging stations across the country.

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Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Croatia

Where are EV charging stations situated in Croatia?

Croatia has more than 700 public EV charging stations, and each has several charging connectors. Charging stations are usually located near large parking lots, gas stations, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, major institutions, companies, and highways.

[Read: Guide on driving in Croatia including highways, tolls, gas stations, car washes, and parking]

To ensure language is not a barrier when trying to find one, public electric vehicle charging stations are called javne punionice za električna vozila in the Croatian language.

If you go on a longer trip in Croatia, it is recommended to fully charge the vehicle’s battery and top it up during the trip.

What are the EV charging providers in Croatia?

Here are the providers of EV charging stations in Croatia:

  • Crodux
  • Elen (HEP)
  • HT (Croatian Telecom)
  • Ionity
  • Mol Plugee (Tifon)
  • Petrol
  • Tesla Supercharger

How to find EV charging stations in Croatia

You can use several sites and apps to locate electric car charging stations within Croatia. Most are available in multiple languages, including English. Let’s overview them.

#1 Elen.hep.hr

elen hep ev charging

The map of HEP’s ELEN electric charging stations can be found here. The map shows all HEP charging stations along with their addresses. You may also search by city.

Languages: Croatian, English

#2 espoTs Mobile App

Espots is a free mobile application for Android phones that shows all the electric charging stations supported by Hrvatski Telecom.

You may use this app to locate and book EV stations as well as pay for the charging session. It also offers a navigation system leading you to the desired charging station.

Languages: Croatian, Czech, English

#3 Google Maps

Google Map list of ev charging stations in Croatia

Google maps has the option to show the locations of EV charging stations. Enter “EV charging” or “EV charging stations” into the search box to find the nearest locations. You can also enter the city next to these keywords, for example, “EV charging Split”.

Additional information, such as the type and number of available connectors, charging speed, and address, will be shown.

Languages: 100 different languages

#4 PlugSurfing application

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PlugSurfing offers an interactive map of stations that includes information about the location, status (whether the connector is functioning or not), and cost (if not free).

You can also use this application to initiate charging. To access this feature, you must have an account connected to a credit card.

Languages: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian

What is the price of charging an electric vehicle in Croatia?

Prices of charging electric vehicles at public charging stations may vary a lot.

Prices may differ depending on:

  • Whether you use AC or DC connections or a superfast charger
  • Whether you charge a vehicle during the day or night
  • Type of charger
  • Time of charging
  • Penalty if the charging time is exceeded
  • Where you charge a vehicle (on a highway or road)

[Read: Types of roads in Croatia]

View electric vehicle charging price lists of different providers in Croatia here.

The cheapest option is to charge an electric vehicle at home or apartment if you have an opportunity. It is still possible to find a free charging station, mostly as a part of a shopping center, but this is very rare.

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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