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 car 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.
To help ensure you don’t get stranded while driving an electric car in Croatia, we’ve prepared a brief guide on how to find the many EV charging stations positioned across the country.
As of 2019, Croatia had approximately 500 electric cars and 3700 hybrid cars, making it imperative that there are easy-to-reach EV charging stations accessible for residents and tourists alike.
How many EV charging stations does Croatia have?
There are approximately 800 connectors for charging electric vehicles located at approximately 300 public EV charging stations. Charging stations are usually located in large parking lots and at gas stations, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, major institutions and companies.
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.
The biggest service providers for electric car charging in Croatia are HEP and HT (Croatian Telecom). Tifon and Crodux also offer this service.
How to find EV charging stations in Croatia
There are several sites and apps you can use to locate electric car charging stations within Croatia. Most are available in multiple languages including English.
Puni.hr offers information on location of connectors, their status (whether they working or are out of service) and which type of connectors they offer.
Puni.hr shows both public charging stations and individuals who offer their private connectors to others. These individuals are usually owners of electric cars who want to provide the service to others or cafes that provide the service to their guests.
The list isn’t comprehensive, but it can be a good source considering that it includes individuals with their own private charger. The map is searchable by city.
Available languages: Croatian
#2 PlugSurfing application
PlugSurfing offers an interactive map of stations that includes information about the location, status (whether the connector is functioning or not), and the cost (if not free).
You can also use this application to initiate charging. To get access to this feature, you must have an account that is connected to a credit card.
Available languages: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian
#3 Google Maps
Google maps has the option for showing locations of EV charging stations. To find the nearest locations, enter “EV charging” or “EV charging stations” into the search box. You can also enter the city next to these keywords, for example “EV charging Split”.
Additional information such as the type and the number of available connectors, charging speed, and address will be shown.
Available languages: 100 different languages
The list of HEP’s ELEN electric charging stations can be found here. Their map shows all HEP charging stations along with their addresses. You may also search by city.
Available languages: Croatian
#5 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 that will lead you to the desired charging station.
Available languages: Croatian, Czech, English
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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.