What is gasoline (petrol)?
In accordance with DIN EN 228, gasoline (petrol) mainly consists of various hydrocarbons obtained by distilling crude oil. The fraction of the crude oil with a boiling range between 35°C and 210°C is referred to as naphtha. So gasoline is refined naphtha. Blending configures the naphtha to the necessary parameters for the respective fuel standards. In addition to special additives, ethanol/bioethanol is also added. Gasoline (petrol) is marketed as E5 and E10, with the numbers indicating the respective percentage of ethanol; most of today's vehicles can use these fuels without problems.
Gasoline (petrol) is a collective term for:
- Motor gasoline for vehicles with gasoline engines
- Aviation fuel for aircraft with piston engines (avgas = aviation gasoline)
The most important criteria for gasolines (petrols) are their knock resistance and, related to this, the octane number (the research octane number RON is specified on the pump in Germany); a high energy content; being highly gasifiable; and minimal residue formation in the fuel system and engine.
In Germany the European standard DIN EN 228 regulates the quality of unleaded* gasoline/petrol, which is compulsory under the 10th BImSchV (Federal Emissions Protection Act). Regular gasolines supplied at filling stations are Super 95 RON, Super E10 95 RON and 98 RON Super Plus.
History of the fuel gasoline (petrol)
The development and use of gasoline (petrol) began in the late 19th century: its earliest use in vehicles was as light gasoline. Gasoline (petrol) was first used as a fuel in the early 20th century and increasingly after World War I – both as motor gasoline (petrol) and as aviation gasoline. In the 1930s and 1940s, various admixtures were added to gasoline (petrol) to increase its knock resistance, such as agricultural alcohol or benzene. After World War II, leaded and super gasolines were the most popular at the pump. No leaded gasoline (petrol) has been produced or sold in Germany since 1996. In the EU the sale of leaded gasoline (petrol) for motor vehicles has been prohibited since 2000. Aviation gasoline is exempt from this ban.
Properties of gasoline (petrol)
Additives are added to gasoline in order to achieve desired properties or improve or suppress undesirable properties, especially in connection with increasing environmental requirements for fuel grades. Examples of additives in gasoline are detergents that keep the engine intake system clean and remove existing deposits.
Since the start of the 21st century, alternative fuels have been competing with improved grades of conventional petroleum-based fuels in the marketplace with regard to environmental compatibility, economic efficiency and social acceptance. Automotive fuels that are currently a workable alternative are: liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas (compressed natural gas – CNG; liquefied natural gas – LNG), bioethanol, and racing fuels. Other fuels such as synthetic fuels (SynFuels, e-fuels, future fuels), PtL products and hydrogen are used in small quantities or are still in the development phase.
*Gasoline bears the label "unleaded" if no lead-containing anti-knock agents were added to increase the octane number.
Fuels such as gasoline (petrol) are traded, stored and distributed by the Mabanaft group, e.g. by Mabanaft Deutschland, Mabanaft Limited (UK), Mabanaft Hungary, Mabanaft Energy Trading Inc. (USA), and Mabanaft Pte Ltd. (Singapore). The business unit Marketing including OIL! Tankstellen and the Petronord group offers fuels like gasoline (petrol) at its service station network. Oiltanking Deutschland offers storage solutions for fuels.
Mabanaft buiness unit Supply, Infrastructure & Trading
Mabanaft buiness unit Marketing
Fuels at Mabanaft Deutschland
Fuels at Mabanaft Limited, UK
Fuels at Petronord
Fuels at OIL! Tankstellen
Tank storage solutions of Oiltanking Deutschland
Status: December 2015
All information subject to change. Errors and omissions excepted.