Cleaner petrol rolled out across forecourts

Starting today (September 1st), a cleaner form of gasoline will be introduced in petrol stations across the UK.

E10 gasoline, made with up to 10% bioethanol – a renewable fuel – will be the standard offering at gas stations as part of government plans to reduce CO2 emissions.

It replaces E5 petrol mixed with up to 5% bioethanol.

E10 is scheduled to arrive in Northern Ireland in early 2022.

The Department of Transportation said more than 95% of gasoline cars approved for use on UK roads are E10 compatible.

An impact assessment published in January 2020 estimated that this year around 600,000 cars – such as vintage cars or those from the early 2000s – would not be compatible with the new fuel.

Owners of these vehicles can still access E5 by purchasing super unleaded, which, according to AA figures, costs an average of 8.7 pence per liter more than standard gasoline.

Drivers can use the government’s online E10 checker at www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol to find out if their vehicle can be fueled with E10.

The DfT admitted that E10 can reduce fuel consumption “slightly”, but insisted that the effects “are almost imperceptible to most drivers on everyday journeys”.

It states that the introduction of E10 could cut CO2 emissions from transport by 750,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars from UK roads.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Every path is important if we are to drive the green industrial revolution, which is why the introduction of E10 is so important.

“It will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions from road transport and meet our ambitious net-zero targets.”

AA President Edmund King said, “This is a positive and easy step to reduce the carbon footprint of road traffic.

“Although the vast majority of vehicles will not be affected by the change, it is important for owners of older cars to use the government vehicle checker to see if they can use E10.

“Even if E10 is poured into a non-compliant vehicle, drivers shouldn’t panic and can simply add super unleaded to their tank at the next opportunity.”

A RAC survey of 1,450 UK motorists found that 27% of motorists do not yet need to verify that their car is compatible with the new fuel.

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