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Prices of diesel fuel in Germany 2000-2018

Average prices of diesel fuel in Germany from 2000 to 2018 (in euros)

by Ian Tiseo, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Prices of diesel fuel in Germany 2000-2018 Over the past two decades the price of diesel fuel in Germany has varied dramatically. Between 2000 and 2012, prices increased from 0.81 euros per liter to a peak of 1.49 euros. Prices began to decrease in the following years, dropping as low as those seen in 2009. However, by 2018 the price per liter of diesel had again increased. As of April 2019, the average cost of diesel in Germany was lower than in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Global oil price increase

  The rise in diesel prices in recent years can be explained by the increase in crude oil prices. The cost of crude oil is the main component of diesel fuel prices and varies depending on supply and demand. From 2016 onwards, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil spot prices grew annually and stood at 65.23 and 71.34 U.S. dollars per barrel respectively in 2018.

Diesel cars losing popularity

Diesel was once the main choice of fuel in Europe for car buyers, but this has been changing in recent years. Between 2013 and 2017, the share of new passenger cars with diesel engines fell noticeably across Europe. In Germany, shares dropped by approximately 10 percent during this period to 39 percent. This decline in popularity also had an impact on prices.
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Average prices of diesel fuel in Germany from 2000 to 2018 (in euros)

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