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David Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Fri Oct 27 11:04:48 PDT 2023

In the UK diesel has been a few % more than gasoline for many years. In our crowded towns the levels of particulates from Diesel engines has raised concerns over asthma and other lung problems aggravated by particulates in exhaust fumes. We moved back to gasoline VWs, and now get similar gas mileage to our 1999 Jetta wagon on a journey.  We bought a Polo and a Golf SV with DSG and love them, but my oldest son now has the SV as I’ve not driven for 2 years now, and Chris’ old Ford failed the annual test. 

Dave. UK VW Type 3&4 Club. 

> On 27 Oct 2023, at 14:58, Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:
> On 26 Oct 2023 at 14:07, Gary Forsmo wrote:
>> But diesel was *never* as low as gas.  That makes absolutely no sense to me. 
> I believe there is actually good reason for diesel fuel to cost more than 
> gasoline. It's simply because diesel has more energy content per gallon than 
> gas.The Wikipedia entry on Diesel Fuel has really good information on this, 
> giving the energy content of Diesel to be 9-14% higher than gasoline. Which 
> is somewhat lower than the traditional "premium" that has been charged for 
> diesel over gas. But the premium we saw on this latest trip seemed wildly, 
> and oddly, higher.
> There may have been a time when diesel fuel was a more crude product, 
> but, at least in first world countries today, it's just as sophisticated as 
> gasoline, at least for #1 and #2 diesel.
> Taxes add quite a bit to fuel prices. Federal tax on Diesel is about 30% 
> higher than on gas. State taxes vary widely: more than half of the states tax 
> Diesel and gas the same, but many tax Diesel more than gas. Texas has one 
> of the lowest fuel taxes, while California is one of the highest. (Pennsylvania 
> is actually the highest, while Alaska is the lowest.) Again, Wikipedia has 
> good info on this.
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