So. Free fuel today.
|Can't believe I can't find a pic of the board showing "0.00" This pic from here|
|...and then this|
The interesting part is that the fuel was apparently being given away by Woolworths AND the NSW government - which can only mean that the government was eating some of the cost.
Now, fuel ain't cheap, of course. And there can be no doubt that in an hour a HUGE amount can be pumped - especially if the customers don't have to go in and pay for the stuff.
Luckily for all of you, I used to work at a service station (spent 3 years riding a till one day a week while studying) so I know a bit about the topic.
Service stations keep their fuel in huge tanks under the ground - almost all have several tanks, and these tanks are usually into the tens of thousands of litres.
Most places get their fuel delivery a few times a week - this means that the station must be able to store enough fuel to get through a few days. That can include a "cheap day" when fuel sales can be several times the amount sold on a "normal" day.
The point is that these tanks can hold a LOT of fuel - and that station would have gone through an eye-watering amount.
This Daily Terror tells us why:
The fact that the NSW government patrt funded this caper is not the only point of note - the Terror story reads as if vast tracts of it were simply copied and pasted from a press release:
The shoddy work from those journalists shows just what a carefully thought out (some might say calculated) move this was by the government.
The free fuel got enormous amounts of coverage - I retweeted something about it, and there were countlesss tweets spreading the news.
comment about E10
confirmation bias (or just a selective ear). Ethanol produces 34% less energy than Petrol - so a tank with 10% Ethanol should burn with 3.4% less efficiency.
It would be as simple as seeing if the price is therefore 3.4% cheaper - but of course that figure must surely vary depending upon the car, the type of driving and any number of factors.
Moreover, the stations make it hard to compare by not having another fuel with a comparable octane reading, so it's almost impossible to run a fair test in your car.
At the end of the day, the government is pushing E10 fuel pretty hard. Maybe it is because Manildra is a major donor, or maybe it is because it is the most environmentally sound solution.
But if attitudes like those in the comments persist - well, it's going to be a pretty tough sell.