E10 petrol – Is your vehicle compatible?
Under Government plans, during summer 2021, UK fuel stations are set to start selling greener E10 petrol as the standard petrol grade. Almost all fuel stations in England, Scotland and Wales will have E10 petrol available. Petrol pumps are expected to be clearly labelled as either E10 or E5 to avoid confusion. Designed to cut vehicle emissions, it’s claimed that this will reduce vehicle emissions by an estimated 750,000 tonnes a year. However, not all petrol vehicles are compatible with this, so read on to find out if yours is.
E10 petrol consists of 90% regular unleaded and 10% ethanol. This is 5% more ethanol than in E5 petrol – hence the name. The majority of petrol-engined vehicles on our roads are compatible with E10. Although, owners of older cars and classic vehicles are being warned that it may not be compatible with E10. This is something worth looking into, especially if your vehicle was registered before 2011. As the name suggests, E10 petrol can only be used for petrol vehicles. In total, an estimated 700,000 vehicles are not compatible. Click here to check online and find out if your vehicle is compatible with E10 petrol.
Some smaller fuel stations may only have either E10 or E5 petrol available. If your vehicle is compatible with E10 petrol, but it isn’t available at the fuel pump, then there’s no issue with using E5 petrol instead. E10 petrol can marginally reduce fuel economy, although this is barely noticeable and shouldn’t cause concern.
What if my vehicle isn’t E10 petrol compatible?
Firstly, E5 petrol will still remain available at fuel stations, although it will only be in the form of super unleaded. The impact of this means the average cost of a full tank of fuel could cost an extra £7.50 each time. This is due to super unleaded being more expensive than conventional petrol. Although this is just an estimated figure, it’s bad news for drivers of non E10 compatible vehicles.
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