Who are the drivers behind the rise in the cost of petrol?
OCTOBER road is an often-quoted figure, but what is actually happening is that cars are driving themselves more and more, which is a real challenge.
That’s because of the increasing number of people who buy petrol-guzzling electric cars.
The trend is particularly apparent in the United States where gas-powered cars have become increasingly popular.
But if you’re looking at the global picture, the rise of electric cars has been particularly dramatic.
In the UK, for example, the number of electric vehicles on the road has nearly doubled in the past four years.
As well as electric cars, there are now about 50,000 electric vans and electric buses in operation in the UK.
But petrol prices are rising faster than petrol.
The average UK gas bill is now £2.42 a litre, up from £1.72 a year ago.
Meanwhile, in China, electric vehicles account for a fifth of all vehicles.
In Germany, it’s the other way round, with the proportion of electric buses and petrol-powered vehicles more than doubling from 4% to 8%.
In fact, the cost to buy an electric car in China has tripled in the last five years.
It’s also rising in some European countries, with Italy and Spain the leading producers of petrol-gasoline hybrids, electric cars and hybrid petrol cars.
A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (INSEE) found that the cost per litre of petrol in the US has increased by more than $10 in the same period, while in Germany it’s risen by $3.
In Spain, the costs of petrol rose by more $2 in the first three months of 2017 than they did in all of 2016.
And in Germany, petrol prices have risen by more over $1 in the year to date than they have in the previous five years combined.
In short, petrol has become a much more expensive way of getting from A to B. In fact if you look at all of the other things that have been added to the fuel bills, the most obvious of them is the amount of carbon dioxide that has been emitted.
It is estimated that the global fuel economy is currently just 20% of what it was in 1980.
That is a significant increase in CO2 emissions from vehicles, but a relatively small one when compared to the cost that we pay for petrol.
So, while we have to be careful to remember that petrol prices aren’t a reflection of CO2 levels, it does help to understand the changes in our fuel consumption and how they relate to our climate change problems.
A picture of petrol at a petrol station in China The UK’s petrol prices vary considerably from place to place.
In Britain, they range from £2 a litres in Scotland to £2 per litres at the pump in the North East of England.
In contrast, in the Netherlands they range between €2 and €4.80 a litret.
In Belgium, where petrol prices can vary as much as 20%, the average is around €3.50 a litrel.
In France, where the price of petrol is set by the state, it is usually around €2 a barrel.
In Sweden, where prices are regulated by the Swedish Petroleum Association, the average price is around 2.6 cents per litrel in the Nordic countries.
And, in Norway, the price is between 0.5 and 1 cent a litrep.
A man lights up a petrol-fueled bike at the petrol station at the station in København in Denmark.