Costs and Sectors : Fuel

Fuel Facts and Figures

The most fuel efficient car

In 2015 the Peugeot 308 1.6 HDi is considered the most fuel efficient car with a combined cycle rating of 91.1mpg and emissions of 82g/km according to research by Autoexpress.

Declining numbers

The number of UK petrol stations has been declining at a steady pace since the late 1960s. According to the Daily Mail there are just 8,600 forecourts left in the UK, down from 37,500 in 1970.

Ownership

Supermarkets now own 14 per cent of petrol stations, up from 9 per cent in 2001, but sell 40 per cent of all road fuel.

Fuel Tax

In 2014 UK pump prices overall were some of the world’s highest with 60p in every pound spent at forecourts going in tax.

Oil demand

Globally, demand growth for oil will remain strong through to 2035, largely from developing economies, but is forecast to fall in the UK and other OECD countries.

Electric cars

The UK Government is committed to electric cars. The plug in program started on 1 January 2011 and is available across the UK.

The programme reduces the up-front cost of eligible cars by providing a 25% grant towards the cost of new plug-in cars capped at £5,000. Both private and business fleet buyers are eligible for this grant which is received at the point of purchase.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show 9,955 Alternative Fuel Vehicles were registered in September 2104, a 56% rise on the same time last year.

A nationwide poll commissioned by Autogas showed that nearly a third of people (31%) would consider converting their vehicle to LPG, which is available from 1,400 filling stations across England, Wales and Scotland.