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E10 Fuel Changes Explained!

You might have heard of, or noticed that since summer 2021, the standard 95 octane petrol grade became E10. But why? And how does it affect you?

Nov 02, 2021

E10 Fuel Changes Explained!

 

You might have heard of, or noticed that since summer 2021, the standard 95 octane petrol grade became E10.

 

Why has the standard changed?

Simply put, it’s about renewability, as we push towards finding greener ways of working things like fuel are under scrutiny. The main benefit of E10 petrol is that it reduces overall levels of CO2-based vehicle emissions. E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol which will help reduce these emissions.

By blending petrol with ethanol, less fossil fuel is needed which helps to reduce carbon emissions and meet climate change targets. The production of renewable ethanol for blending with fossil petrol also results in valuable by-products, including animal feed and stored CO2.

 

What does this mean for your vehicle?

For 95% of petrol drivers, not a lot. If your petrol car was built since 2011, it will be compatible with E10 fuel but that’s not to say that older cars cannot use E10, most cars and motorcycles manufactured since 1990 are approved by manufacturers to use E10.

There are, of course, a few exceptions. Classic, cherished and much older vehicles, some specific models from the early 2000’s as well as some mopeds might not be compatible with E10.

If your ride is not compatible with E10 fuel, don’t worry you’ll still be able to use E5. It’ll still be available from most fuel stations and will be labelled clearly as E5.

 

How do I check if my vehicle can run on E10 petrol?

It’s easy, just enter your vehicles details into the government’s vehicle compatibility checker.

Click here to be taken to the DfT site.

 

 

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