The phenomenon behind the thermal expansion of gasoline is a very ambiguous subject in our country. “As the temperature of motor fuel increases, the volume of the fuel will also increase – or expand”. But the fact remains that if the amount of the fuel enhances; the energy in the gas will remain the same and not falter. Consumers who live in rather hot – weathered states such as Alabama will have to pay for more gallons of gas than they actually receive unless the fuel is compensated for. A federal study conducted by the National Institute for Standard and Technology (NIST) proved that consumers are losing money due to hot fuel. The study presented that the standard temperature of gasoline in California underground storage tanks was a low 75 degrees all throughout the year. Another study conducted by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) presented that if gasoline is kept at a steady 90-degree temperature, the purchaser is losing about 2% of mass and energy. If the price were based on $4 per gallon, the overall price would add up to the sum of an 8-cent loss per gallon. But studies show that in areas such as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arizona, or California, motor fuel could easily be sold to consumers at a temperature that is in excess of 105 degrees. The oil companies have had the technology to resolve this matter involving the motor fuel temperature for decades but refuse to make any changes that would affect the overall price. Many lawyers are working hard on this case and to guarantee that the oil companies reimburse the funds that they have pocketed as a result of the distribution of hot fuel and enforce each oil company to retrofit their station pumps with automatic temperature compensation devices.
Source: The Beasley Allen Report