Anyone who drives to the gas station regularly knows it: the spontaneous glance at the signs at the entrance, the quick comparison between gasoline and diesel, the noticeable price changes, also between morning, noon and in the evening – and the perennial question: when is really the best time to refuel? And meanwhile, some are also probably wondering what could driving an electric car cost now? Or would these even be the good days for hydrogen? Often these calculations were not really reliable: gasoline, diesel, electricity, gas?
This should change from October 1. The largest petrol stations in Germany must then display an up-to-date “energy cost comparison” for the different types of journeys on yellow and orange posters or digital advertisements. This sets up a European Union regulation supposed to clarify things: customers can now read the costs, depending on the size of the vehicle, per 100 kilometers, with seven different energy sources. From hydrogen to electricity to premium gasoline. The values are given for two vehicle sizes: small and compact cars on the one hand and mid-class and luxury vehicles on the other hand. The figures are updated quarterly by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The purpose of the official comparison is to provide customers with current figures with which the rapid on-site calculation can be improved. According to the law, it is “to support future purchasing decisions of consumers when choosing a passenger vehicle”. If you calculate over a longer period of time and compare the amount of energy it costs you to drive 100 kilometers with very different types of driving, you could switch to another new car. Provide more transparency when refueling, so to speak, to aid in future purchasing decisions.
And that’s where the critics come in. The figures, published on the ministry’s website before the start of the mandatory information and notice period, suggest that the cost of a 100-kilometer trip with an electric car is only half as much as with an electric car. gasoline vehicle. Concretely, this means: Anyone who makes the trip in an average or luxury car filled with super gasoline pays 11.42 euros. Anyone who drives an electric car has to fill up on electricity for 4.84 euros for the same distance. With LPG it would cost 4.96 euros, with hydrogen it would cost 7.60 euros. Seen this way, the next buying decision should definitely and clearly be for an electric vehicle. Sounds easy? It’s not that easy after all.
As correct as the price comparison is, complains the Mineral Oil Industry Association: There is no information that “the average price of household electricity is used as a basis” when making the recharging electric cars. And at home, it’s usually cheaper than in public and on the go. A distortion that can be easily remedied, for example by offsetting average costs. In any case, the German Association for Energy and Water Management (BDEW) states: The comparison “clearly shows that electromobility is not only a climate-friendly alternative, but also a financial alternative. interesting for many motorists ”.