Vehicle owners need to be aware of the new petrol rolling out across the country this month. E10 is replacing the standard 95 octane petrol grade. Around 95% of petrol-powered cars currently on the road can use E10 petrol. All vehicles built since 2011 are compatible with this new grade of petrol, plus many more.
Let’s take a closer look at E10 petrol.
Why is Petrol Changing?
There are several reasons why E10 is replacing standard 95 octane petrol. The main reason is that E10 petrol contains around 10% renewable ethanol, which will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. At present, standard 95 octane petrol contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, so this will mean that there is double the amount in E10 petrol.
Petrol made with 10% renewable ethanol requires less fossil fuel to create. This reduction in fossil fuel goes towards tackling climate change and reducing the impact cars, vans, motorcycles, and mopeds have on the world around us.
It is estimated that E10 petrol in the UK could cut transport carbon dioxide emissions by around 750,000 tonnes per year. This reduction is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road and will have a substantial positive impact on the overall carbon dioxide emissions created by the UK.
Is E10 Petrol New?
No, E10 petrol is not new; it is used throughout Europe, the United States of America, and Australia. It is the reference fuel for which new cars are tested for emissions and performance and has been since 2016.
E10 petrol has been widely used worldwide for many years, so there are no concerns about its safety or performance when used in cars, vans, motorcycles, and mopeds.
Will My Vehicle Run the Same with E10 Petrol?
If you’re worried about your vehicle’s performance or fuel economy using E10 fuel, there’s nothing to be concerned about. Your car will perform the same, and the reduction in fuel economy is only around 1%, which is unlikely to be noticeable by drivers using their vehicles every day.
Other factors, such as your driving style, driving with tyres that aren’t inflated enough or having a roof rack, have a more significant influence on fuel economy than using E10 petrol.
Is My Vehicle Compatible with E10 Petrol?
Remember that these changes in fuel only apply to petrol; there are changes to diesel. If you want to ensure your vehicle is compatible with E10 petrol, you can use the E10 vehicle checker on the government website.
All cars manufactured since 2011 are compatible for use with E10 petrol. Manufacturers also approve most cars and motorcycles manufactured since the late 1990s to use E10 petrol. Classic, cherished, and older vehicles are those likely to be incompatible with E10 petrol.