Purchasing power: the agony of diesel motorists
“Diesel, which equips more than half of the French fleet, could see its price increase significantly in the event of an embargo on Russian oil. Affecting an already fragile motorist population.
Anxiety at the pump. For millions of French motorists, going to the service station has become an object of concern and frustration in recent months. The price of road fuels, in the wake of the continuous increase in oil prices that began in 2021, is part of a formidable inflationary spiral. Even more than gasoline, diesel is today close to peaks. On April 22, the liter traded at 1.88 euro, an increase of more than 50 cents over one year against 1.80 euro (+43 cents) for the liter of unleaded 95. These few cents of differences do not weigh certainly not much on the cost of a full tank, especially since the diesel engine has better yields. Still, the crossing of the curves is a strong symbol, in a country which since the 1970s and the oil shock has massively supported the deployment of diesel vehicles for its lower CO2 impact as well as the competitiveness of French manufacturers in the field. All this, thanks to more attractive taxation which has made France the European champion of this fuel.
Even today, diesel vehicles account for nearly 57% of the vehicle fleet. “The diesel vehicle is the symbol of the France of the regions, of peri-urban France, of rolling France”, judge Pierre Chasseray, general delegate of the very media-friendly association 40 million motorists. Alas, the fuel is hardly more dream lately. »
A few months ago I had indicated in the strategy file that you had to buy a recent second-hand petrol car before the shortage and end of diesel to make sure you could “drive” at a minimum and “cheaper” for almost 10 years, because the end of the thermal is announced in Europe for 2035… if we arrive until this date!
In the meantime, we have a real shock on diesel and this price shock will also no doubt turn into an availability shock since Russia is a big producer of diesel and the whole world needs diesel to run cargo trucks like tractors in the fields!
We are heading towards very difficult and complicated times for those who can only drive diesel.
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