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Fuel consumption in Germany fell in the spring

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Status: 08/02/2022 09:53

Gasoline and diesel consumption in the spring was well below pre-corona levels. This is shown by the evaluations of the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control. A fuel is however more and more full.

Fuel consumption in Germany in the spring was around 10% lower than in the years before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. This is shown by current data from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) on the delivery of fuel to filling stations. Rising petrol and diesel prices have obviously had an impact on how motorists fill up.

Effect also delivery problems?

About four million tons of gasoline and nearly 8.4 million tons of diesel were delivered between March and May. In 2019, the last year before the Corona crisis, it was 4.5 million and 9.5 million tonnes respectively over the same period. As a result, fuel consumption decreased by approximately ten percent in each case.

In the same period last year, on the other hand, the volume of deliveries was almost four million tonnes of gasoline and just over 8.4 million tonnes of diesel, a level similar to that of this year – albeit despite many restrictions resulting from the pandemic.

The sharp rise in fuel prices is probably the main reason why customers are hesitant to use gas stations. In March, fuel prices had reached unprecedented levels. Delivery issues in parts of the economy may also have played a role in diesel consumption. These probably reduced the need for trucking capacity.

Compared to the number of vehicles in Germany, the increase in the number of electric cars is still too small to explain the drop in gasoline and diesel consumption. The proportion of purely electric cars is currently only 1.3%, plus roughly the same number of hybrid-powered cars.

E10 becomes fashionable

Price concerns among Germans at the pump may also be the reason why the E10 petrol variant with a higher proportion of bioethanol has been increasingly used in recent months. From March to May 2022, the share of E10 was 22.8%, after 16.6% last year and around 13% in previous years.

E10 is typically six cents a liter cheaper than normal premium gasoline. Although most engines can handle fuel, it has rarely been refueled in recent years. According to the ADAC, the additional consumption with E10 is 1 to 1.5%.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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