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E10 Fuel: What Is It And Will My Car Run On It?

Mon, 06 Sep 2021 15:28:00

In September 2021 in the UK, petrol cars will be required to use E10 petrol, this change comes as the government announced the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 as it shifts towards a greener future.

So what is E10 and how will it affect my car?

Well in this article, we’ll give you the full rundown of everything you need to know.

What Is E10 Fuel?

E10 fuel is petrol that contains up to 10% renewable ethanol (hence the name E10) and this helps reduce CO2 emissions that petrol produces.

Before, petrol would only contain just 5% renewable ethanol (known as E5). This move helps the government tackle climate change and in turn, could help cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year. The equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Countries such as Belgium, Finland, France and Germany currently use E10 fuel and this move helps shift the UK to be in line with these European countries.

Are There Any Downsides?

For the majority of drivers, this change won’t come as a big move and most will probably not notice any changes at all.

However, for those who drive older car models or ones that aren’t necessarily compatible with E10 fuel, you may notice this change a little more.

Whilst E10 is compatible with all cars, over time you may experience damage caused to rubber seals, plastics and metals.

So, where you can, we would advise still using E5 fuel in the “Super” grade (97+ octane) which will remain available at many larger petrol stations. Just be sure to check the label on the pump first.

How Can I Check My Car Is Ok For E10 Fuel?

The UK government have created this handy website for you to check your car by manufacturer type to see if your car qualifies for E10 petrol.