E10 fuel warning – what to do if you accidentally put it into your car if it's not compatible

E10 fuel has caught on across the country and not many motorists have really noticed the difference.

The new biofuel called “E10” is being introduced across the UK to reduce emissions from gasoline vehicles. The new fuel contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, hence the name, and is already available in Australia, the US and Europe.

Experts warn that the new fuel will have drawbacks as not all vehicles in the UK are compatible. In addition, E10 petrol is said to be less efficient than the previous E5 petrol and will be slightly more expensive for motorists.

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However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you don’t accidentally add E10 gasoline to your car.

Keith Hawes, Director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, shared his advice on what to do if you accidentally add incompatible E10 gasoline to your car:

“If you accidentally add E10 fuel to your incompatible vehicle, don’t worry. The consequences are really not as disastrous as if you put diesel in your unleaded car. It shouldn’t be a problem if this is an isolated incident, but if you repeatedly use E10 on incompatible car models, the impact could really damage your vehicle’s engine in the long run.

“Aside from the popular vehicle models we’ve listed, classic car owners are likely to be hardest hit by the introduction of E10 fuel. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for older car models that are now considered incompatible.” E10.

“Owners will be faced with the decision of either spending time finding a gas station (which still has E5 – the current biofuel available in the market) or considering buying a newer model of car.

“We have not yet seen any move by the government or DVLA to proactively alert individual owners of these older vehicles to the changes. We therefore strongly advise motorists to use the government’s E10 test tool in the meantime to ensure that their car is compatible with the new biofuel in order to avoid costly damage to their cars. “

According to RAC, there will be car brands that are incompatible with the E10 gasoline and users should be made aware of this

These are the 10 models that, according to the RAC Foundation, will have the most registered E10 incompatible cars in 2020 (number of cars in brackets):

1. Volkswagen Golf (28,066)

2nd MG MGB (20,890)

3. Mazda MX-5 (18,162)

4. Nissan Micra (15,785)

5. Morris Minor (12,796)

6. Rover 25 (9,879)

7th MG MGF (9,352)

8. Ford Escort (8,947)

9. Rover Mini (7,614)

10th MG-TF (7,568)

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