The best EV road trips around the world

Hannah Norton

Mar 24, 2023

The Australian electric vehicle market is expected to reach US$2.04bn1 in 2023, and US$61.18bn in the USA, with more and more people ditching their diesel and petrol cars, in favour of electric.

Whether you’ve just jumped on the bandwagon and bought a new electric vehicle, or you’re still driving your old car, the popularity of a classic road trip seems to be just as popular as ever. As experts in helping Australians find a suitable car insurance policy for a range of different vehicles, we were keen to understand what routes could be the most enjoyable for electric vehicle drivers.

We’ve uncovered some of the most popular road trips around the world and found out which are ideal for EVs, based on the number of chargers available on the route, and how many charges you’d need to complete it.

If you’re interested in embarking on one of the journeys in this list, make sure you first have a car insurance policy that is most suitable for your car and the way you use it. To look for a range of options within Australia, you can use Compare the Market’s car insurance comparison tool.

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

With 3,555,375 Instagram posts, 23 EV chargers along the 54.06km route (33.6 miles), and an average of just 0.1 charges needed on the trip, the Amalfi Coast has been crowned as the most EV-friendly road trip.

Starting at Sorrento and ending at Vietri sul Mare, it might be the shortest trip on our list, but there’s no end of sights to see.

Along this route, you could watch the sunset at Ravello, a tiny town situated on top of a steep hill, visit the gardens of Villa Cimbrone with its beautiful display of flowers, and of course, spend at least a few hours in Positano, taking in its beautiful white-washed houses and stylish boutiques.

Image of a road along Italy's Amalfi Coast


2. Big Sur, USA

In second place is arguably California’s most scenic route, starting at San Simeon and ending at Carmel Highlands.

The 120.51km (74.9 miles) stretch has six EV chargers you can use along the way, with just 0.23 charges needed – and, it has the fifth-highest number of Instagram posts on our list, at an impressive 1,506,558.

You’ll get to enjoy dramatic coastline views of the Pacific while you’re cruising down Highway 1, but make time for stop offs at Point Lobos with its pretty hiking trails, Garrapata Beach with its Calla Lily valley, and Bixby Creek Bridge, which is perfect for sunset shots.

Image of a road along the USA's Big Sur.


3. Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal route starts at Belfast and ends at Londonderry, spanning 202.73km (126 miles). The Giant’s Causeway is perhaps the most well-known spot on the route, but there are so many other stops you need to make too.

Wander down the Whitehead Coastal Pass to see the pretty coloured buildings and perhaps even a dolphin sighting, or head to Carnfunnock Country Park, with its trails and manicured gardens.

Plus, with 75 EV chargers along the route, just 0.38 charges needed on average to complete it, and 68,323 Instagram posts, the Causeway Coastal Route comes out as the third EV-friendliest road trip.


4. Epirus, Greece

In fourth place, with 232,593 Instagram posts, 31 EV chargers, and an average of 0.47 charges needed, it’s Greece’s Epirus. The route – which starts at Papigko and ends at Parga – spans 252.61km (157 miles), and covers beaches, castles, canyons, and everything in between.

Ioannina is the capital of the Epirus region, with its town housed inside castle walls. From here, you can catch a ferry to Lake Pamvotida, with its cute restaurants and cafes. You should also head up to Mount Tymfi, where you might spot sightings of snow, and make sure you spend the day at the beach. Monolithi Beach, near Preveza, stretches 22km, which makes it the longest beach in Europe!

Image of a road through Greece's Epirus.


5. The Atlantic Road, Norway

Starting in Alesund and ending in Kristiansund, Norway’s Atlantic Road stretches 254.22km (158 miles), with just 0.48 charges needed to complete it, and 42 EV chargers along the way.

With 27,012 Instagram posts, rest assured there are lots of great spots to take that perfect post for Insta. The road itself connects loads of tiny islands, so you’ll feel like you’re practically driving on top of the sea.

Check out the colourful buildings at Bud Fishing Village, and stop at the viewing platform at Askevågen, where you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to extend your trip, then head to the city of Trondheim for a couple of days.

Image of Norway's Atlantic Road.


6. The Great Ocean Road, Australia

Spanning 273.53km (170 miles), The Great Ocean Road starts in Torquay and ends in Warrnambool, with sweeping coastal views wherever you look along the way. Stop off at Lorne with its popular surfing beach, and nearby Erskine Falls, where you can spend a full day hiking. You also need to make sure you stop off at Otway National Park, which is home to hundreds of cute koalas.

The route itself boasts 1,433,382 Instagram posts, alongside eight EV chargers and 0.51 charges needed to finish the route, which makes it an ideal trip to take if you drive an electric vehicle.

Image of Australia's Great Ocean Road.


7. Cote d’Azur, France

In seventh place is France’s glamorous Cote d’Azur. Starting in Menton and ending in Marseille, make Nice one of your first stops, where you can visit the Old Port, shop in the high-end boutiques, and dine on some of the most delicious French cuisine.

Grasse is also a must-see stop, which is known as the perfume capital of the world, and you could also drive by Monte Carlo. Often described as the playground of the ultra-rich, it’s full to the brim with designer boutiques and super yachts.

The Cote d’Azur has the highest number of Instagram posts on our list, at 5,487,608; and with 174 chargers along the 302.49km (188 miles) route, you only need to charge your car 0.57 times on average to make it.

Image of a road along France's Cote d’Azur.


8. Catalonia, Spain

Starting in Cap de Creus and ending in Ebro Delta, the Catalonia route spans 382.94km (238 miles), has 135 EV chargers on the way, and takes about 0.72 charges to complete the trip.

Join the 3,509,067 posts already on Instagram and take several stop-offs along the way at several of the cute villages, including Cadaqués, Besalù, and Rupit, where you can hike up to the Salt del Sallent waterfall.


9. Romantic Road, Germany

in ninth place is Germany’s Romantic Road, which starts in Wurzburg, and ends in Fussen, right by the Liechtenstein border. In total, the trip spans an impressive 410.3km (255 miles), has 300 EV chargers (although you should only need to charge up 0.77 times), and has 35,866 posts on Instagram.

Stop off at the Pfaffenwinkel area, where you can discover hilly countryside and ancient churches, and Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, which is a typical medieval German town. But, no trip down the Romantic Road is complete without a day at Neuschwanstein – the fairy tale castle set high on top of the hill that was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle.

Image of a town along Germany's Romantic Road.


10. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA

Rounding off our top 10 EV road trips is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which starts in Afton, Virginia, and ends in Cherokee, North Carolina. Spanning 638.77km (397 miles), the route has 657,982 posts on Instagram and 90 EV chargers – although it should only take you 1.2 charges to complete it.

Make sure you stop off at the historic town of Lynchburg, before heading to Brevard, which is often referred to as ‘the land of the waterfalls’, as well as hiking up the Parkway Ridge Region.

Image of a road along the USA's Blue Ridge Parkway.

Other road trips that are worth a mention include the US Pacific Coast Highway, which starts in San Francisco and ends in San Diego; and the iconic Route 66, which stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica. At a huge 3,715.18km (2,309 miles), it would take 6.98 charges to make it, but that’s not a problem, with 533 chargers available along the way.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way makes it into 12th position, with Australia’s Through the Red Center in 13th, which spans from Adelaide to Darwin, at 3,029.75km (1,883 miles).

Adrian Taylor, General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market Australia states: “A road trip is one of the best ways to see the sights of a new country, as you’ll get to stop off at places that you wouldn’t normally see if you were going by plane or train. However, if you do decide to book a road trip, in between planning your playlists and snacks, make sure you take out car insurance so that you’re protected if the worst were to happen.”

If you are looking to purchase a policy, it is important to first check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) so that you are aware of any limits or restrictions that you could be subject to.

Image showing 14 of the best EV roadtrips around the world.


This campaign lists popular road trips across the world, and the number of EV chargers along their route, to see whether they’re suitable for an EV road-trip. First, a list of 14 road trips were sourced from a seed list based on the total number of Instagram hashtags. The length of each route and the number of EV chargers within two miles of the routes were then gathered from Some full routes were not available due to road blockages, hence the route was calculated as two or more separate smaller routes (Big Sur, Pacific Coast Highway).

The range of the most sold EV car from 2022 was then used to calculate the estimated number of full charges needed to complete the road trip. The most sold EV car of 2022 was the “Tesla Model Y”, with a range of “331 miles”.

Instagram hashtags for each route was collected from 07 – 17/03/2023.


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