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What Is E10 Fuel?

02 September 2021

What Is E10 Fuel?

Here at Startin Group Worcestershire, we thought we'd give you a little guide about E10 fuel which is being rolled out throughout the majority of petrol stations from September 2021.

All About E10

Going to the petrol station and filling up is usually very simple, we've done it so often it becomes second nature. However, from September 2021 you may notice something slightly different when complete your next refill as E10 will become the industry standard petrol across nearly all petrol stations across England, Wales and Scotland. The new fuel label is a way of identifying which type of fuel is in the pump and how much of it consists of renewables. The E stands for ethanol, whilst 10 means it consists up to 10% renewable ethanol and could be made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol, 5% more than E5 fuel. The change in fuel applies to petrol only, diesel fuel will not be changing.

E10 will not be more expensive at the pump than current standard petrol. Although using E10 petrol can marginally impact fuel economy,  generally around 1%,  this will be almost unnoticeable to most drivers when making every day journeys. Utilising E10 fuel is an attempt at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with petrol vehicles in order to tackle climate change. In fact, the UK government claims that introducing E10 petrol could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Is My Car Compatible?

The UK government have said almost all petrol powered vehicles on the road today (95%) can use E10 petrol, and all cars built since 2011 are compatible. If your car was made in 2019 or later then it should have an ‘E10’ and ‘E5’ label close to the filler cap showing the fuel it can use. Some vehicles may not be compatible including those that are considered classic cars and vehicles from the early 2000's. However, there's no need to worry, as if you are unsure if your vehicle isn't compatible then continue to use E5 petrol in the 'super' grade format which will still be readily available at many larger petrol stations.

To see if your vehicle is compatible with E10 petrol, CLICK HERE to use the UK government's free online E10 checker!

If you are interested in finding out more information about E10 fuel or any of the other vehicles or services we offer here at Startin Group Worcestershire, your local dealership in Worcestershire, make sure to contact one of our brand specialists, we’ll be happy to help!

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