E10 fuel warning: Up to one million cars may not work with new fuel from next month

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Starting from September 2021, petrol in the UK will change from E5 to E10 petrol. The current E5 petrol is made up of five percent bioethanol, whereas the new petrol will be made from 10 percent bioethanol.

The new fuel is made of 10 percent renewable energy, and it is estimated that the greener fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

As many as five percent of vehicles currently on the road could find themselves unable to fill up at petrol stations.

Early data from the RAC found that around 935,000 vehicles can’t run on the new E10 fuel.

Simon Williams, RAC fuel spokesperson, said: “Everybody agrees that steps must be taken to reduce emissions from road transport, however introducing E10 as the standard petrol will pose some challenges.

“Some retailers will also not have the capacity to be able to provide both E5 and E10 fuels on forecourts, so the impact is likely to be most keenly felt by those with incompatible vehicles in rural areas.

“It is also vital that owners of affected vehicles are aware of the changes. We’d like to see the DVLA writing to these owners to inform them that E5 will no longer be the standard premium grade, and to let them know their options.

“For the overwhelming majority of drivers with compatible vehicles, the introduction of E10 petrol will make little difference other than a possible slight reduction in fuel economy.”


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A new Government website has been set up to check the eligibility of cars and E10 fuel.

If drivers have a car or vehicle made after 2011, they are not at risk.

The website was produced with a warning, which read: “The E10 petrol check has been created by the Department for Transport (DfT) using information supplied by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association and European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers.

“The information is subject to change and we cannot guarantee its accuracy. If your vehicle is fitted with replacement parts this will also affect its accuracy.

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