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A Hyundai Elite i20 has been filled with 49 litres of diesel. If you don't find anything unusual in it, you must know that the Elite i20 has got a fuel capacity of only 45 litres.
The incident happened at an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) fuel station in Attipra, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital district of Kerala. The pump operator has filled the car full tank. But, the meter reading on the pump showed a figure higher than the car's actual fuel capacity.
According to Rushlane, Anish Joy, an IT professional, along with a friend took the Hyundai Elite i20 to the IOC fuel station on April 7th, 2018. Upon noticing the error in reading, Anish took the issue to social media.
In addition to this, Anish registered a complaint on IOC's online customer service. Soon, a follow-up was done by IOC.
IOC officials, along with some metrologists (studies measurements) tested the car. The Elite i20's fuel tank was emptied and the car was towed to the very same IOC fuel station. Refuelling was conducted again in the presence of Anish, police officers, IOC officials and the general public.
To everyone's surprise, it was found that the car could be filled not only up to 49 litres, but 52.14 litres. The officials also checked the April 7th data log at the fuel station. It was revealed that 49.1 litres were filled that day.
In the end, the Sub Inspector on duty asked Anish to state on Facebook that the pump employees haven't made any mistakes. The complainant soon deleted his previous Facebook post on the incident.
The pump meter has shown a higher reading since fuel has been filled till the brink of the neck pipe. Manufacturers usually share a lesser fuel tank capacity figure. This is to avoid excessive filling of the tank up to levels which are otherwise filled with vapours or unburned hydrocarbons. Excess fuel in the tank will disperse these polluting vapours into the atmosphere.
Thoughts On Filling More Fuel Than The Tank Capacity
Neither IOC nor the complainant can be blamed in this incident. It was evident that more than the specified fuel quantity was filled in the Hyundai i20 without any errors in reading.
However, there have been incidents over the past in which fuel stations did fiddle with the petrol/diesel supply.
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