“We have chosen methane to save money Now comes an unbearable sting”

“We have chosen methane to save money Now comes an unbearable sting”
“We have chosen methane to save money Now comes an unbearable sting”

“Until a few months ago it was easy to understand how much would have been spent on a full tank of methane: 1 kilo of fuel, 1 euro, or a little less, of expenditure”. Now this is no longer the case, for a few days the prices at the methane gas distributor have skyrocketed, with increases of up to 50%: at least in Ancona, we find prices ranging from 1 euro and 25 cents per kilo up to almost the euro and fifty, with the car drivers surprised, perplexed and, ultimately, angry. Today at the methane pumps we see eyes bulging in front of prices, motorists who calculate how much more they will have to spend to travel the kilometers needed to travel home-work or leisure and finally curses against an increase as unexpected as it is unwelcome. Methane, the price falls on the stock exchange. Consumers fear speculation Domenico Balzamo of the methane distributor in via del Lavoro, at the port of Ancona explains the situation: “With the increase in recent days, motorists will pay at least one euro more …

“Until a few months ago it was easy to understand how much would have been spent on a full tank of methane: 1 kilo of fuel, 1 euro, or a little less, of expenditure”. Now this is no longer the case, for a few days the prices at the methane gas distributor have skyrocketed, with increases of up to 50%: at least in Ancona, we find prices ranging from 1 euro and 25 cents per kilo up to almost the euro and fifty, with the car drivers surprised, perplexed and, ultimately, angry. Today at the methane pumps we see eyes bulging in front of prices, motorists who calculate how much more they will have to spend to travel the kilometers needed to travel home-work or leisure and finally curses against an increase as unexpected as it is unwelcome.

Methane, the price falls on the stock exchange. Consumers fear speculation

Domenico Balzamo of the methane distributor in via del Lavoro, at the port of Ancona explains to us: “With the increase in recent days, motorists will pay at least one euro more for every three kilos of methane”, an expense that can become important for those who travel for work or are often by car. Some distributors – even in the province of Ancona, not to mention the highways, where fuel costs are higher – a kilo of methane can cost up to 2 euros and 10 cents, with motorists constantly looking for the best offer. cheap. “Lots of phone calls arrive – continues Balzamo – only this morning (yesterday, ed) before 11, twenty arrived to find out the cost of methane, and we see cars stop in front of our gate, read the prices and maybe come back to refuel after a few tens of minutes “. But there are also those who are surprised to see the price of the refueling just done: “I was used to spending less than ten euros for a full tank – says Gabriella Tonnarelli, at the wheel of a new CNG Panda – and today I saw a bill of more than thirteen: it is an exaggerated increase “.

An all the more unwelcome surprise for those who have chosen to buy a car – but also a work vehicle – fueled by methane precisely to save money, taking advantage of incentives and the cost of fuel, which was promised to remain low. A promise not kept. “I travel 60 kilometers a day for work and I chose a methane car just for convenience – says Patrizia Marconi – I discovered with surprise the increase right now, paying the bill for the full methane”. Surprise and irritation are on the faces of all motorists who are also numerous at the methane pump of the petrol station in Via Strada Vecchia del Pinocchio. “Drivers are all disconcerted by such an increase, we receive many complaints about the steep rise in prices, which obviously does not depend on us” comments Luca Marsala who is in charge of methane gas supplies with a colleague. Nicola Paolucci, who takes care of the gas supply at the distributor in front of the Luana bar in via Primo Maggio, also agrees: “Some customers also complain to us employees, but there has been a lot of information on the increase in gas prices . Of course, I understand the dismay for an increase of more than 35%: the price had already risen in the past, but since I have been working in this sector it is the first time that I have seen such a significant jump in prices “. A similar increase has not been seen even for other fuels, despite the fact that in recent weeks the prices of petrol, diesel and especially LPG have also risen, another gas widely used as a fuel for cars, without however touching the peaks of methane gas. .

Try to explain the causes of the jump in the price of gas Mario Rossi, of the Q8 petrol station along the North-South Axis: “In recent years, more and more people have chosen a methane vehicle, to save a little on fuel. requests have increased and production has not increased in the same way, so costs are rising “. It remains to be seen whether the price will remain constant for the next few months or whether it will continue to rise. “Methane is still convenient – comments Donato Napoletani who just a few months ago bought a methane car – but the fact remains that the extra expense we will have to face is important: every month I should spend at least thirty euros more”.

In short, in the coming days, distributors will talk about nothing but this unexpected increase in gas, with the inevitable conspiracies: a project hatched by OPEC to recover the millions lost during the pandemic, a plot by producers to encourage the purchase of electric cars or free market follies. Among the many doubts, however, one certainty unites all motorists: you will leave the distributors with a full tank, but with a much lighter wallet. In a city like Ancona, where taking a bicycle or an alternative vehicle to the car is not yet a widespread habit, the choice of methane that seemed to favor the portfolio of car drivers now risks becoming a further bitter surprise for those who puts to the guide.

Marco Moroni

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