Dramatic fuel pump changes from 2021 could risk ‘irreparable’ damage to one million cars

Dramatic fuel pump changes from 2021 could risk ‘irreparable’ damage to one million cars

Fuel changes from next year will see new cleaner petrol introduced across forecourts but the changes could make cars across the country “obsolete”. E10 petrol is being introduced to dramatically reduce carbon emissions but the new mix can only run in newer vehicles.

The changes mean many older models such as classic cars could face extinction within the next five years unless E5 pumps remain in use.

Campaigners at FairFuel UK is calling for E5 pumps to be made “obligatory” to prevent thousands of motorists losing their vehicles.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, founder of FairFuel, Howard Cox, said although he backed the introduction of the new fuel, assurances were needed to protect those with older models.

Mr Cox said: “FairFuelUK supports all solutions that demonstrably reduce emissions.

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However, they say five years would be the longest period the fuel could be protected before the policy must be reviewed.

Any further extension would be considered based on the situation and evidence at the time but the decision could lead to E5 fuel being scrapped completely.

The government report says that by the time E10 fuel is introduced in 2021, just one percent of UK motorists will have incompatible vehicles.

However, the RAC Foundation has revealed that as many as 600,000 vehicles on UK roads may not be able to use the new fuel.

The RAC says all cars sold in the UK after 2011 have been built to be compatible with E10 fuel however cars built shortly before this should be fine.

However, as a general rule, cars registered prior to 2002 are not advised to use the new petrol when it is launched.

Filling E10 into an incompatible vehicle could lead to seals, plastics and metals becoming corroded and damaged. 

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs says the new rule could even cause some metals critical to the fuel system to degrade.

They say this could lead to degradation of the car’s fuel pumps, carburettors and fuel tanks that are not resistant to ethanol.

The RAC has warned owners of incompatible vehicles could be set to pay higher costs due to the charges.

RAC spokesperson Simon Williams has hinted some stations may be unable to sell both fuels which could cause many owners to run around looking for a compatible station.

He added: “Some retailers will also not have the capacity to be able to provide both E5 and E10 fuels on forecourts, so the impact is likely to be most keenly felt by those with incompatible vehicles in rural areas.”

Mr Williams is also pushing for the DVLA to contact openers of older models who may be affected by the change.

The UK will not be the first nation to offer the new fuel with petrol stations across several European countries such as France and Belgium already offering the mix.

Published at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:42:00 +0000