Llenar el depósito es hasta 23 euros más caro en este agosto de récord histórico

Filling the deposit is up to 23 euros more expensive in this August of historical record

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The discount of 20 cents per liter of fuel approved by the Government has not prevented Filling the tank during the second operation out of the summer will cost between 16 and 23 euros more than a year ago, depending on whether gasoline or diesel is used, in the most expensive month of August in history.

According to data released this Thursday by the European Union (EU) Oil Bulletin, which includes the average price registered at more than 11,400 Spanish service stations between July 26 and August 1, gasoline is sold in Spain at an average of 1,702 euros per liter, while diesel does so at 1,693 euros.

These prices, which include the Government’s 20-cent discount, mean that filling an average 55-litre tank with both gasoline and diesel costs 93 euros, which translates into pay about 16 euros more than a year ago if gasoline is used, and 23 euros if diesel is chosen.

Several weeks of falls

In this sense, and despite the fact that fuels have accumulated several weeks of falls, current prices are the most expensive in history for a month of Augusta period in which there is usually a marked increase in mobility on Spanish roads due to the summer holidays.

Until now, the highest prices in the first week of August were recorded in 2013, nine years ago, when a liter of gasoline cost 1,472 euros and that of diesel 1,376 euros, 16% and 19% less, respectively, than the current values.

They also exceed by 17% and 25% the prices registered for gasoline and diesel during last August, when mobility began to recover in 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 plummeted, gasoline is now 32% more expensive than a year ago, compared to 37% that diesel has become more expensive, while If the comparison is made with August 2019, before the pandemic, the increases soften to 22% and 28%, respectively.

However, the prices without the Government discount would be even higher -1,902 euros for gasoline and 1,893 for diesel-, so this bonus allows consumers to save around 11 euros when filling the tank, whether they use gasoline or diesel.

Below the European average

In addition, the current prices are already lower than those marked on average by Spanish service stations at the end of March, when the bonus was approved and prices began to skyrocket to exceed 2 euros per liter -without the discount-.

Despite the historically high levels recorded by gasoline and diesel in Spain, the lower tax burden borne by both fuels and the bonus approved by the Executive place their price below the European average -1,856 euros for gasoline and 1,878 euros for diesel.

Thus, the most expensive gasoline in the EU is currently found in Denmark (2.218 euros) and Finland (2.19 euros), while the diesel with the highest price is also in the Nordic countries, specifically in Sweden (2.37 euros) and Finland (2,153 euros).

On the contrary, the lowest gasoline prices on the continent are recorded in Hungary (1.29 euros) and Malta (1.34 euros), and those of diesel are marked again by Malta (1.21 euros) and Hungary (1,558 euros).

Compared to surrounding countries, the average prices of gasoline and diesel in Spain present the lowest valuesbeing surpassed by Germany, where gasoline is paid at 1,814 euros and diesel at 1,943 euros, France (1,844 and 1,878 euros, respectively), Italy (1,877 and 1,851 euros) and Portugal (1,889 and 1.83 euros).

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