The rebate of 20 cents per liter of fuel approved by the government did not prevent filling the tank during the second summer operation from costing between 16 and 23 euros more than a year ago, depending on whether one uses gasoline or diesel, whichever is more expensive. August in history.
According to data released this Thursday by the Petroleum Bulletin of the European Union (EU), which includes the average price recorded at more than 11,400 Spanish gas stations between July 26 and August 1, gasoline is sold in Spain at an average of 1,702 euros per literwhile the diesel does it at 1,693 euros.
These prices, which include the government’s 20 cent rebate, mean that filling an average 55 liter tank with petrol and diesel costs 93 euros, which is equivalent to paying around 16 euros more than it a year ago if it was used gasoline, and 23 euros if diesel is chosen.
The most expensive August in history
In this sense, and despite the fact that fuels accumulate several weeks of declines, current prices are the most expensive in history for the month of August, period in which there is usually a marked increase in mobility on Spanish roads due to summer vacation.
So far, the highest prices in the first week of August were recorded in 2013, nine years ago, when a liter of petrol cost 1,472 euros and that of diesel 1,376 euros, respectively 16% and 19% less than current values.
They are also 17% and 25% above the prices recorded for petrol and diesel last August, when mobility began to recover during the summer months after the coronavirus crisis, and reached prices of 1 416 and 1.29 euros, respectively.
Regarding the values of August 2020, the year of the pandemic, when mobility levels fell, gasoline is now 32% more expensive than a year agoagainst 37% that diesel has become more expensive, while if the comparison is made with August 2019, before the pandemic, the increases are mitigated to 22% and 28%, respectively.
However, the prices without the government discount would be even higher -1,902 euros for petrol and 1,893 for diesel-, this bonus therefore allows consumers to save around 11 euros when filling the tank, whether they use petrol or opt for diesel.
In addition, current prices are already lower than those practiced on average by Spanish gas stations at the end of Marchwhen the bonus was approved and prices started to skyrocket to more than 2 euros per liter -without the discount-.
Cheaper than the European average
The most expensive gasoline in the EU is currently in Denmark (2,218 euros) and Finland (2.19 euros)while the most expensive diesel is also found in the Nordic countries, specifically in Sweden (2.37 euros) and Finland (2.153 euros).
On the contrary, The lowest prices gasoline on the mainland are registered in Hungary (1.29 euros) and Malta (1.34 euros), and those of diesel are again marked by Malta (1.21 euros) and Hungary (1,558 euros).
Compared to neighboring countries, the average prices of gasoline and diesel in Spain show the lowest values, surpassed by Germany, where gasoline is paid at 1,814 euros and diesel at 1,943 euros, the France (respectively 1,844 and 1,878 euros), Italy (1,877 and 1,851 euros) and Portugal (1,889 and 1.83 euros).