Some service stations will soon display fuel prices in euros per 100 km. A new European directive indeed forces stations to display a new indicative price. Thanks to this new display, Motorists will be asked to compare the price of their usual fuel against that of electricity. Unfortunately, the figures put forward by the pumps are not unanimous.
Since December 7, 2020, a new European directive intended to promote alternative fuels (electricity…) is in force in Europe, report our colleagues from 20 Minutes. This directive requires the largest service stations (ie 10% of stations in France) to display a second indicator in addition to the price of fuel expressed in liters (euros / L).
This additional indicator will display the price of all fuels, as well as the price of clean energies such as electricity, in euros / 100 km. This “Common method of comparison” aims to convince motorists who have invested in a car powered by gasoline or diesel to switch to electric. This is not a surprise, Europe having already decided to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2035. In order to prepare for the transition, the European Union is increasing the number of initiatives of this ilk.
A calculation that exaggerates the electric advantage
The additional prices displayed at the pumps clearly demonstrate that electricity is cheaper than fuels based on fossil energy, including gasoline and diesel. Thus, the price per 100 km is 6.30 euros for diesel, 6.70 for compressed natural gas, 7.10 for LPG, 8.40 for E10 petrol and 11.30 for hydrogen, note the media. On the other hand, it is enough to spend 2.90 euros / 100 km with an electric car. The prices put forward by the pumps are calculated based on the average consumption of the three best-selling vehicles per fuel last year. The result obtained is then multiplied by the average fuel price over the previous three months.
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Contacted by BFM TV, Francis Pousse, president of fuel distributors within the CNPA (National Council of Automobile Professionals), believes that this comparative table supposed to extol the merits of the electric is not representative. “We cannot compare a price of electricity at home with a price of fuel at the station, which takes into account other cost factors” explains Francis Pousse. This amalgamation greatly benefits electricity, while charging stations are still priced higher than electricity at home. For now, only 48% of French people are considering buying an electric car in the years to come.
Source: 20 Minutes and BFM TV