My on-board computer has finally calculated that I can drive 474km on a full tank of bio-ethanol. This is only 77% of the distance, that I used to manage of a full tank of petrol.

I knew in advance that this was going to be the case, but now I have figures to back it up.

In other words, I need 30% more litres of bio-ethanol than petrol to travel the same distance.

Since bio-ethanol costs 0.899EUR per litre, a 30% increase means an effective price of 1.16EUR per litre, which compared to around 1.42EUR for super (95 octane) at the moment, is still a good bargain.

It’s just a shame, that I have to fill up so often!


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


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