The European Union has launched a directive and an informative labeling for the fuels that will take effect on October 12th. This aims to serve as a guide for consumers to choose the most suitable fuel for their vehicles.
There won’t be any more confusion about what fuel to choose. In the case of professional drivers, this new labelling is particularly interesting as sometimes they don’t have a permanent vehicle as they must drive different vehicles that use different fuel. This new labelling will also help people that rent a vehicle in a different country, as the new vehicles will have the symbol they need on the tank lid or the filling cap. This symbol can also be found in service stations, dispenser nozzles, vehicle dealers and user manuals, both printed and digital.
We will see the labeling on motorcycles, passenger cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles, new buses of the 28-member countries of the European Union, 7 other non-member states such as those of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), as well as in Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. Those vehicles that were registered before 12th October are not required to display the badge. As for fuels, it will be present in public gasoline, gas oil and gaseous fuel pumps, which means hydrogen, liquefied petroleum gas (Autogas or LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Electric hybrids will also be affected, but not battery electric, for which the European Union is designing a set of specific labels.
The labels will have different shapes: the gasoline will be identified with a circle with the letter E (of 'ethanol') followed by a 5, a 10 or a 85, which indicate the maximum volume of ethanol recommended for the vehicle. For diesel, the letter B (of biodiesel) is reserved in a square with the digits 7 or 10 or the denomination XTL for synthetic diesel, not derived from crude oil. The diamond will be for gaseous, with the abbreviations H2 for hydrogen, CNG (compressed natural gas), LPG and LNG (GNL in Spanish).
In any case, for the drivers peace of mind, the new labeling will coexist with the traditional denominations of fuels.
The fuel brochure can be found here.
And if you run a fleet of vehicles and all this new labelling has made you wonder if you should choose different fuel for your fleet, you may be interested in reading our article “How to choose the right fuel for your fleet”.