In 2020, just over 12 billion liters of diesel, petrol and LPG were refueled in the Netherlands, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
According to the car association BOVAG, not so little fuel has been refueled since 1989;
at the time it was 10.5 billion liters.
The number of liters refueled last year fell by almost 13 percent compared to the 13.8 billion liters in 2019. Normally, more than 1 billion liters are refueled every month, but that was only five times the case in 2020, says BOVAG.
Fuel sales on a monthly basis have never been lower than in April 2020, in the middle of the lockdown.
It then fell by a third to 818 million liters.
During the lockdown, we had less reason to move, because we had to work from home, were not allowed to visit each other and all shops were closed.
LPG was the worst.
Sales amounted to 202 million liters, which is an all-time low.
In 1990, 1.7 billion liters of LPG were refueled in the Netherlands.
Gasoline price is almost at a record high
Only diesel managed to survive reasonably well.
Because freight transport could largely continue to run in 2020, a lot of diesel was still being refueled, although the number of liters refueled fell here too: by 14.5 percent to 4.9 billion liters, the lowest level since 1996.
On Monday it turned out that the gasoline price is close to a record due to the rising oil prices.