Dutch people refueled more and more petrol last year

Refueling Nissan Micra gas station gas station

Dutch people are filling up with more and more petrol despite high fuel prices and the rise of electric cars. RTL Z has figured that out. The channel used data from the Ministry of Finance for this.

Last year, according to RTL Z, 5.99 billion liters of petrol were refueled. This means that the Netherlands has now recovered from the dip caused by the corona pandemic. It was more than 180 million liters more than in 2019, the last year before the virus outbreak. The figures from RTL Z show that diesel consumption in the Netherlands has decreased. For this fuel, the number of liters refueled decreased by 13 percent between 2019 and 2023.

Sales figures from car industry organizations BOVAG and RAI Association have long shown that diesel cars are no longer so popular. This is not only due to, for example, the damage to the image of driving on diesel after the so-called cheating software scandal, but the price of diesel has also risen considerably.

Driving on petrol is still very popular. Business drivers are increasingly switching from a fully electric car to a hybrid or petrol car because of the high costs, leasing companies said on Friday. New electric cars remain relatively expensive.

Private individuals are also in danger of dropping out when it comes to electric driving, because a number of benefit schemes for electric cars will be abolished. For example, these cars may no longer be exempt from motor vehicle tax in 2026, which could cause the monthly costs to increase significantly.

Of all new passenger cars registered last year, 1.1 percent were diesel. According to the car industry, petrol cars accounted for more than 30 percent of the market, more than 37 percent were hybrid vehicles and almost 31 percent were electric.

– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl

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