31.08.2022, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duisburg: Lange Schlangen an einer Tankstelle in Duisburg am letzten Tag der Steuersenkung auf den Spritpreis. Am 1. September endet der sogenannte ·Tankrabatt· bundesweit. Foto: Christoph Reichwein/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The reduction in the energy tax on fuels, which was lifted at midnight, is clearly noticeable at many petrol stations.

According to an estimate by the ADAC, E10 premium petrol cost around 22 cents more on average nationwide on Thursday around 3 p.m. than on the previous day. With diesel, there was an increase of around 8 cents. According to the ADAC, fuel prices were a little higher in the morning.

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E10 premium petrol already cost more than 2 euros at many petrol stations around 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the last day of the tax reduction on fuel known as the tank discount, a liter of E10 still cost an average of 1.792 euros, according to ADAC.

Diesel, on the other hand, already cost an average of 2.086 euros on Wednesday. On Thursday, the diesel price at most petrol stations was well above 2.10 euros, sometimes even more than 2.30 euros.

Arithmetically, the price of the E10 could increase by 17 cents as a result of the repeal of the 35 cent tax cut for diesel. However, prices had already risen significantly in the past two weeks.

Until Wednesday, gas station operators could also buy fuel at the reduced tax rate, so petrol and diesel could initially continue to be sold cheaper. So it could be a while before the cancellation of the tax cut – also known as the tank discount – has a full impact on customers.

From the ADAC point of view, there is no basis for this recent price increase, said ADAC spokeswoman Katrin van Randenborgh. The pricing of the corporations had repeatedly triggered discussions since March – above all, whether the corporations really pass on the tax cut to the customers.

Even at the end of the discount, opinions continue to differ. “The energy tax cut has been widely passed on,” said Adrian Willig, chief executive of the Fuel and Energy trade association (EN2X), which includes companies such as BP, Shell, Totalenergies and Eni. “The reasons for current price increases are increased demand, tight capacities in refineries and logistical challenges,” Willig continued.

The expert Manuel Frondel from the RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research sees it similarly: The discount was “essentially” passed on, he said – but special factors such as the low water in the Rhine then reduced its effect again.

The ADAC sees it differently: “In the overall balance, we find that the tax reduction has not fully reached the consumer,” said Jürgen Albrecht, the club’s fuel price expert, the German Press Agency.

“In view of the low taxation and the recently low oil price, that was very adequate for the industry, which can also be seen in the quarterly figures of the large corporations and the record margins of the refineries.” wholesale prices, not crude oil prices.