Refuelling with gas and electricity will be more expensive again

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At the end of July, prices for gasoline and diesel rose sharply in Austria – most recently, the cost of petrol eased slightly, but not that of diesel, which is now consistently more expensive than gasoline.

“On average, diesel is now 1.8 cents more expensive. On average, we are currently at just over 1.60 euros for gasoline and diesel per liter, although over two euros are charged on the highways,” analyzes Martin Grasslober, transport economics expert at ÖAMTC.

Do not fill up on freeways.
His recommendation: “Do not fill up on the freeway. Just one example: the cheapest diesel price in Austria is 1.46 euros per liter in Judenburg. With a 50-liter tank, that makes about 25 euros less compared to the highway.”

The fact that gas is cheaper now than it was in 2022 (an average of over two euros) should also be seen in relative terms; he said: In 2021, the standard was around 1.20 and 1.30 euros per litre (diesel/gasoline) and now about 1.60 euros per litre.

He said that further increases are to be expected with rising oil prices.

Croatia, Slovenia with higher prices
Fuel prices rose in Austria and abroad: Slovenia increased its regulated fuel prices, which apply at service stations away from freeways, to 1.511 euros. Diesel prices rose by 5.4 cents to 1.558 euros per litre (the highest level since November 2022).

Croatia also raised regulated prices, but they apply at all gas stations. Regular gasoline costs 1.51 euros per litre; diesel increased in price to 1.41 euros per litre.

Europe-wide, it looks like this: Netherlands (2.05 euros/litre on average) and Denmark (2.05 euros per litre) are the most expensive for gasoline, Poland (1.49 euros/litre) the cheapest – for diesel prices, Switzerland (2.03 euros/litre) is the most costly, the Czech Republic the most affordable (1.39 euros).

Electricity tariffs are also on the rise.
Electricity tariffs for e-mobility in Austria are also climbing. Grasslober: “According to E-Control, household prices, i.e., when I charge at my wall box at home, average 36.7 cents per kilowatt hour. In the previous year, one still paid 22.8 cents per kilowatt hour. That represents a 61 percent increase over last year.”
He also assumes that an e-car makes sense if you charge more cheaply at work or home. According to ÖAMTC, tariffs at public charging station operators have also become 28 percent more expensive on average between October 2022 and August 2023.

The higher the charging capacity, the higher the price. For DC charging stations/50 kW, it comes to around 50 cents to one euro per kilowatt hour. However, Florian Merker from ÖAMTC (consumer protection) highlights Smartrics and Tesla, which have set actions in the opposite direction in the summer. Smartrics lowered its prices by 13 percent, while Tesla reduced its costs by 39 percent.

  • source; kleinezeitung.at/picture: pixabay.com
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