Big change in refueling – this is what motorists must now pay attention to

Changes in refueling: what the yellow signs mean

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From october, yellow signs will be found at german gas stations. 13 figures to show drivers what they could have saved.

  • Since the beginning of october there is a change for drivers at german gas stations
  • Large yellow stickers now indicate the vehicle’s energy footprint
  • Germany implements an EU rule

Anyone driving to the gas station in the coming days will notice them. Large, yellow signs comparing two cars and their fuel consumption. But where do these signs come from? The german parliament has approved the first-time introduction of the energy cost comparison at gas stations decided in june. With the regulation, germany implements an EU requirement. It should help make climate-friendly mobility more attractive.

Mobility is also always a question of money. Gasoline has become more expensive since the beginning of the year, partly due to the CO2 tax. In the previous year, the price of premium gasoline averaged 1.29 euros – in 2021 at ca. 1.52 euro. on the new energy cost comparison board, customers can now see how much money it costs to drive 100 kilometers using different energy sources, from diesel to electricity By super gasoline will be due.


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The goal of the energy cost comparison – promoting more sustainable mobility

The yellow-orange poster shows two vehicle sizes. Small and compact cars on one side and midsize and luxury cars on the other side. The energy costs incurred are calculated on the basis of typical consumption values. According to the text of the law, the aim is to "support consumers’ future purchasing decisions when choosing a passenger car". The idea behind it: consumers should simply compare what it costs them to drive 100 kilometers with different forms of propulsion costs. And when in doubt, choose a more energy- and cost-efficient model.

The figures are to be updated quarterly from october by the ministry of economics. According to the current values E-cars best da: for an upper or middle class car the ministry estimates 4,84 euro per 100 kilometers. The most expensive of the seven fuels is premium gasoline at 11.42 euros per 100 kilometers.

change when refueling: this is what it says on the yellow signs

On the signs, the energy cost comparison is given in euros per 100 kilometers:

small car/compact MIDDLE/upper class
super E5 9,26 11,42
super E10 8,92 11,00
this B7 6,55 7,48
electricity 4,74 4,84
natural gas 5,49 6,39
autogas 5,09 4,96
hydrogen 7,60

For e-cars, the house electricity tariff is used

However, the list only takes into account the pure energy costs. purchase, repairs, insurance and tax are not included. In addition, for e-cars, it is assumed that the car will be charged at home. A typical household electricity tariff is a little over 30 cents per kilowatt hour. At public charging stations, however, the rate is more like 39 to 45 cents, and even more at fast-charging stations. The energy cost comparison is available from 1. October 2021 mandatory at gas stations with more than six pumps. (fmg/beko/dpa)

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