UK petrol stations closing, "fuel deserts" may result

It may not predict a plug-in vehicle future, but there is something interesting happening in the UK. Auto Express notes that there is a worry about "fuel deserts" growing because there is now a record low number of gas stations in the UK. The UK used to have 21,000, now it has less than 8,500. The drop doesn't come from a lack of demand due to automotive fuel choices but because of, "increasing fuel taxes, crude oil prices and business rates, as well as unfair pricing regimes from some hypermarkets and oil companies," which are working against independent stations, said Brian Madderson, chairman of the industry body RMI Petrol, to Auto Express.

The number of fueling stations in the U.S. is also dropping, according to the U.S. Census, but no one here is worried about fuel deserts.

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