From Wednesday, September 1, new E10 petrol will go on sale at UK forecourts. This new fuel is the most significant update to forecourts in Britain since 2000, when leaded petrol was outlawed.
What exactly is E10?
E10 petrol is composed of 90% regular unleaded petrol, and 10% bioethanol. This compares to the five percent found in E5 petrol.
This new petrol will be used to improve the environment and help meet government emissions targets.
E10 fuel is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 750,000 tonnes annually, according to predictions.
According to estimates, this could mean that up to 350,000 vehicles will be taken off the roads in one day.
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Is E10 fuel likely to cause damage to my vehicle?
Hagerty says tests by the Department for Transport have shown that historic vehicles can face many problems if they use E10 fuel.
The tests identified problems such as fuel filter blockage and degradation of fuel lines.
These warnings also point out the dangers of damaged fuel pumps and blocked injectors, as well as corroded carburettors.
The RAC also confirms that owners of old cars could be affected and may suffer severe damage.
What will it cost to get the new fuel?
Recent warnings by the Government have indicated that E10 petrol will be around 0.2% more expensive than E5 gasoline.
Compliant owners will be subject to a PS1 pump increase when filling up a 50-litre tank.
The AA warns that owners of classic vehicles not in compliance with the regulations could be subject to increased fuel costs up to 20p/litre when E5 switches to Super Unleaded.
The cost of topping up could rise to PS15/top-up, which can cause major headaches for road users.
Publication Date: Mon, 30 August 2021 11:41 p.m. +0000