New UK E10 petrol could cause ‘engine damage’ to these vehicles – is your car affected?

New UK E10 petrol could cause ‘engine damage’ to these vehicles – is your car affected?

The experts say the new petrol should not be used on some classic vehicles as it could lead to issues. Campaigners are pushing for the introduction of signs at petrol stations warning fellow motorists of the potential consequences. 

Speaking to, Howard Cox, founder of Fair Fuel UK said: “The point is older vehicles, particularly classic car people, we’re looking at over 20 years old, anything before 2000 shouldn’t use it because it will make the engines pink and could damage the engine.”

Mr Cox added: “There must be major signs up saying the E5 is still available for people with classic cars.”

According to the RAC, over half a million vehicles may not be compatible with the new E10 fuel. 

Experts say 600,000 cars may not be able to use the new petrol as it could cause vital parts to corrode. 

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Under the proposals the new E10 petrol will be introduced as the premium grade fuel with E5 being promoted to super unleaded. 

The fuel is made up of 10 percent bio-ethanol in an increase of the five percent used currently in unleaded petrol. 

FairFuel confirms they support the introduction of the new petrol which they say will offer a practical solution to tackling carbon emissions. 

It is believed the new fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 750,000 tonnes per year or the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars from the road. 

“Now we’re talking about going up to ten percent which is good in terms of emissions.”

Mr Cox added: “In Australia it’s already E15 in Europe and USA it’s already E10 so it is tried and proven.”

Transport Secvretary Grant Shapps said the new fuel would help take advantage of reduced emissions and minimise the environmental impact of journeys. 

He said: “But before electric cars become the norm, we want to take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions today. This small switch to petrol containing bioethanol at 10% will help drivers across the country reduce the environmental impact of every journey.”

According to GoCompare, early suggestions reveal E10 will not exceed the current price of fuel by more than at least 1p per litre. 

However, the group says those who are forced into using the old E5 fuel may pay premium prices compared to current levels.

Published at Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:01:00 +0000