Leading the list is Switzerland, where owning and using a car costs 1,313 euros on average per month. Ahead of Portugal are Norway (1,249 euros) and the Netherlands (1,166 euros), according to data from the Car Cost Index, an annual study carried out by LeasePlan that analyses the cost of owning and maintaining a car.

The cheapest place to run a car in Europe is in Greece, where it costs €905 per month on average.

According to Expresso, electric vehicles, in almost all segments and European countries, "are now at the same price, or more competitive, than petrol or diesel cars". In the case of Portugal, the total cost of ownership of an average electric family car is 35% lower than the average for combustion and plug-in alternatives.