E10 fuel is replacing petrol as 600,000 drivers warned they can't use it

It has been announced that the government will replace E5 gasoline with E10 gasoline as standard from September 2021.

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said that this year the E10 petrol will replace the normal petrol we get from the pumps.

Last year, the DfT carried out a consultation on the introduction of the new fuel in 2021 and has now published the results of this consultation.

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The DfT reports state: “Having analyzed the responses, we remain convinced that the preferred approach outlined in the original consultation document remains the best approach for introducing E10 in the UK.”

But what is E10 gasoline and does it affect you or the car you drive? And is your car even suitable for E10 petrol?

Here’s everything you should know about it:

What is E10 gasoline?

E10 gasoline contains 10 percent renewable ethanol instead of E5, which contains up to five percent ethanol.

The higher proportion of ethanol in E10 helps reduce a vehicle’s amount of CO2, as ethanol absorbs CO2 during manufacture.

E10 is widely used in various countries within Europe such as Finland, France, Germany and Belgium, as well as outside Europe including Australia.

Is my car compatible with E10?

Most cars after 2011 should be compatible with E10 gasoline, but older cars may not.

However, most people can check that their car is compatible with E10 gasoline by using the Gov website right here.

You can also check your car’s manual and ask the manufacturer.

Older cars, classic cars, and cars that use a carburetor may not work properly with E10 so it is best to check.

The RAC estimates that around 600,000 cars, including vintage and more modern models, are incompatible with the new fuel. According to the DfT, around 350,000 of them are in daily use.

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