Charge card comparison

Find out how a Tap subscription compares to the most popular charge card subscriptions in the Netherlands.

Is charging cheaper if you subscribe? We compare Tap Electric subscriptions to some of the most popular charge card subscriptions in the Netherlands to help you make an informed decision.

Why should you compare charge cards?

According to the Nationaal Laadonderzoek (2023), an EV owner has an average of 2 to 3 charge cards, with 50% indicating they want to switch. Comparing can help you find a better deal.

We reviewed charge card subscription pricing structures for the following providers:

  • Shell Recharge
  • Vandebron
  • ANWB
  • Road (Formerly known as E-Flux)
  • Eneco E-Mobility

 

Provider data last updated on 11 January 2024. This data may have changed since the update.

Summary
  • All providers set have good roaming coverage on public chargers across the country.
  • The subscriptions have a minimum of 1 month with charge card or key.
  • Only Eneco E-Mobility does not have a charging app. A charging app makes it easy to you find charger details on the go.
  • Tap Roamer has the cheapest subscription with no transaction or additional charging costs.
 
So how does Tap charge card compare?
1. Tap Roamer is the cheapest subscription with no transaction or additional fees

All Tap subscriptions are cheaper than those we compared.

The main difference between Tap subscriptions is what you pay in transaction fees. With our Roamer plan you pay 0% transaction fees.

With cheapest plan, Tap Light, you pay €0/month and a 5% transaction fee on your session instead of 10% as you would with pay-as-you-go.

Some providers like Road, ANWB or Shell offer a charge card for free. However you may have to pay a one-off fee or shipping costs to receive your card and pay a fixed transaction fee every time you charge. The average transaction fee in for these providers was €0,34 per session.

If your typical charge session costs less than €7 per session, you would be paying less in transaction fees with Tap Light. If you charge often, you’d get more value with Tap Roamer.

Plan

Monthly cost

Transaction fee

Tap Light

€0,00

5% per session

Road pay-as-your-charge*

€0,00

€0,32 per session

ANWB charge card with no subscription**

€0,00

€0,34 per session

Tap Groningen-Drenthe***

€1,25

No

Tap Roamer

€2,50

No

Eneco E-Mobility

€3,00

No

Vandebron

€3,50 or €1,50 if you’re an existing Vandebron energy customer

No

Road Orange / EFlux Orange

€3,23

No

ANWB

€3,99

No

Shell Recharge

€4,84

€0,35 per session, maximum €7,00/month

*Road pay-as-you-go is not a subscription plan. You can order a charge card for free, however you need to pay a €5 one off fee to use it without a subscription.

**With ANWB, you can order a charge card for free without a subscription, however you need to pay €1,95 for shipping costs.

***For residents of Groningen-Drenthe, with the exception of the following municipalities: Groningen and Eemsdelta.

2. Our subscribers can benefit from operator cost pricing

Depending on where you charge, paying the operator cost may be cheaper than a fixed pricing scheme.

Why? Often there are multiple charger networks in the same region. Networks compete with each other on price. When you use Tap, if you find a charger with lower operator pricing you’ll save money by charging there. With a fixed price, you’ll not be able to benefit from a cheaper charger.

On a Tap Roamer plan you only pay operator cost every time you charge.

Plan

Roaming - AC charger pricing

Roaming – DC charger (fast charger) pricing

Tap Light

Operator cost

Operator cost

Tap Groningen-Drenthe

Operator cost

Operator cost

Tap Roamer

Operator cost

Operator cost

Eneco E-Mobility

From €0,51 per kWh – Eneco operated chargers vary

From €0,69/kWh

Vandebron

Operator cost

Operator cost

Road Orange

Operator cost

Operator cost

ANWB

Operator cost

Operator cost

Shell

€0,53/kWh – Shell operated chargers vary

€0,76/kWh – Shell operated chargers €0,73/kWh - €0,75/kWh

Did you know? Our analysis of tariff data in 2,617 Dutch neighbourhoods has shown that there is a significant average price difference of 17 eurocents (incl VAT) between equivalent AC chargers within walking distance of each other. Some neighbourhoods have a price difference of 87 eurocents (incl VAT)! Yep, you’re getting the same power, but could be paying more than you need to.

3. No additional charging costs with a Tap subscription

Make sure you check for the total cost to charge with a provider. Some providers have additional costs on certain operator chargers even on a subscription. For example, blocking rates where you pay a free per minute if you’re charging for more than 4 hours or a fixed starting rate when you start your session.

Plan

Additional costs

Tap Light

No

Tap Groningen-Drenthe

No

Tap Roamer

No

Eneco E-Mobility

Starting rate on non-Eneco chargers is €0,61 for AC and DC chargers

Vandebron

No

Road Orange

No

ANWB

No

Shell

Blocking rates on Road and EVBox – if you charge for more than 4 hours you will be charged €0,05 per minute, with a maximum of €12 per charging session.

4. Get features on the Tap app you can’t find anywhere else

While subscription pricing is important, you should also look at how a provider’s app helps you find more affordable charging.

With the Tap app, you can find every detail about chargers, your charge sessions and costs all in one app.

What makes Tap different?
  • What you see is what you pay – The price you see in the app is inclusive of operator cost + VAT + transaction costs (if any).
  • Find more reliable chargers – We only show you chargers where we have reliable information and filter out the rest for a better experience.
  • Know where your money is going – Use Tariff Intel to see a full breakdown of charger tariffs (even complex ones), expected charging costs and compare which charge card has the cheapest price on some chargers on the largest networks in the Netherlands like Fastned, Equans and TotalEnergies – more coming soon!
  • Keep track of your session costs in real-time – See power, energy and total costs throughout your charge session from your home screen.
  • See prices for each charger on our map – Easily find the cheapest charger at a glance.
What to look out for when choosing a subscription
  • Subscription monthly cost
  • Fixed vs operator cost pricing in the neighbourhoods you charge in
  • How often you use AC or DC charging
  • Transaction fees every time you charge
  • Additional charging costs
  • App features that help you find affordable charging
  • Your driving habits like charging average session cost, frequency and monthly kWh consumption

Start charging now - no sign up required!

No more transaction fees
with Tap Roamer

Get the cheapest charging subscription in the Netherlands – only €2,50/month! 

Frequently asked questions

We’ll send you a Tapkey in the mail when you sign up to a Tap subscription plan that comes with a free RFID Tapkey.

Our Tapkey is the world’s first charging key to come with built-in security against theft, copying or emulating. You can add extra security to your Tapkey by enabling two-factor authentication. This means if you start session with your Tapkey at a location you have not charged at before, you must authenticate in the app before charging.

Your savings will depend on the plan you choose, subscribers can save up to 10% on every charge session.

When you subscribe, you automatically switch from “pay-as-you-go” to monthly invoicing. Pay-as-you-go means you pay per transaction as soon as your session is finished. Monthly invoicing means you pay for all of your transactions from the last month in a single monthly payment.
 
Example
  • You sign up to a Tap subscription on September 4th. Your invoice period is September 4th – October 4th. You receive your invoice on the first day of your next invoice period, in this case October 5th.

You can change your subscription plan once per invoice period. This change takes effect immediately.
 
Example
  • You sign up for a free Tap subscription on September 4th. Your invoice period is September 4th – October 4th.
  • On September 19th, you upgrade to a paid subscription of £5/month.
  • All charging sessions from September 19th onwards will benefit from the discounted pricing associated to the paid subscription.
  • On your September invoice, we will charge you £2.50 for your subscription (we pro-rata the £5/month paid subscription cost for 15 days), plus all session costs.

You can cancel your subscription at any time in the Tap app. The cancellation will take effect at the end of the current invoicing cycle

Providers often have an app that you can use to find available chargers and start a charge session. You do not need a charge card to charge your car with most providers, but it can make starting a charge session easier. You can simply tap it against a charger’s reader to start a charge and tap it once more to stop the session.

If you charge more than 100kWh/month, you could save on transaction and additional charging costs with a subscription like Tap Roamer.