The countdown is over. This Friday begins to be applied in service stations throughout the European Union the new labeling for gasoline, gas oil and gas fuels. These are symbols that allow the driver to identify at a glance the type of fuel he needs to fill his tank, particularly when traveling abroad, regardless of the language or the trademark. But it will not be necessary to learn them at a stroke: the new nomenclature is complementary to the current denominations, such as petrol 95 or diesel, which will remain in force. "It is a harmonization to avoid confusion in the supplies", explains Gustavo Mezquita, technical advisor of the Spanish Confederation of Businessmen of Service Stations (CEEES), who says that 90% of the 11,500 service stations in Spain have already received the new labels: "Gasoline will be represented by a circle, diesel by a square and gas by a diamond".
The new nomenclature, which will also be applied in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey, will not only appear in the pumps and their nozzles. They also have to introduce dealers. Likewise, new cars, motorcycles, tricycles, ATVs, commercial vehicles and buses or coaches that register as of this Friday must include European labeling in their manuals and in the cover of the deposit.
Gasoline will be identified from now on with a circle inside which will appear the text E5, E10 or E85, a symbol that will coexist with the current labels. These numbers indicate the amount of ethanol contained in the fuel (5%, 10% or 85% ethanol). Diesel it will have a square label and inside it the symbols B7, B10 or XTL, referring to the proportion of biodiesel components present in the fuel, 7% and 10% in the case of B7 or B10, and synthetic gas oil , made from substances other than crude. The gaseous fuels, of less use, are those that have the most varied nomenclature. Included in a rhomboid label, they have four varieties: H2 for hydrogen, CNG for compressed natural gas, LPG refers to liquefied petroleum gas and LNG to liquefied natural gas, explains the Spanish Association of Operators of Petroleum Products.
This measure comes into force under a 2014 directive on alternative fuels, with the aim of improving the information available to consumers. Mezquita explains that a study promoted by the EU a few years ago showed how drivers, accustomed to the commercial brands of their country, were more prone to make mistakes when refueling abroad.
The management of automobile manufacturers Anfac explains that gasoline vehicles of Spanish drivers are usually compatible with the E5 or E10 label, and with symbols B7 or B10 in the case of diesel engines. The association explains that, for example, gasoline super 95 is valid for both the E5 and the E10 nomenclature. On the other hand, discourages that owners of vehicles registered before this Friday, which do not carry the new labeling, apply the European nomenclature to their cars.
Mezquita explains that, at the moment, it is complicated in Spain to find E85 labels for gasoline or XTL for diesel, two varieties that are more widespread in other countries. Later, he says, there will also be labels for the electric car. "It will be identified with a different form and an internal text in both the car and the electric pole," he concludes.