There is plenty of confusion around the introduction to E10 fuel. What cars are compatible? Will Regular fuel cease to exist? We take a look at the fuel of the future, here's everything you need to know about the NEW E10 Fuel.
869,000 petrol cars are currently incompatible with the new E10 fuel, according to research. 150,000 vehicles will have been manufactured from the year 2000 onwards. By 2020, we expect these numbers to drop down to 634,000.
E10 petrol is designed to be less damaging to the environment. A consolation was launched by the Department for Transport which urged forecourts to start selling this petrol. However, larger petrol stations might be required to provide both fuel types so all cars will be able to fill up.
E10 Fuel is made up of almost double the percentage of bioethanol (a renewable fuel) than regular petrol. You will find only five per cent of Bioethanol in regular petrol, where the E10 petrol contains around 10 per cent.
E10 fuel is widely available across other European Union countries, also in the US and Australia, but not yet available in UK petrol stations.
The majority of new cars will be compatible with E10 fuel, but some older vehicles may not. Within the next two years, E10 fuel is estimated to hit the forecourts. There will be hundreds of thousands of cars still incompatible with said fuel.
In the UK, an estimated over 42,000 Volkswagen Golf models on the road cannot use E10 fuel. This is the highest number or vehicles of any model. Other models at risk includes 33,500 Nissan Micras, 27,000 Mazda Mx-5s, 9,879 Rover 25s and 8,947 Ford Escorts.
It is important to make drivers aware of these changes, because it could affect them. Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “As and when E10 appears on the forecourts, drivers need to know whether their cars can use it without being damaged.
“This analysis shows that even in a couple of years’ time there will still be hundreds of thousands of cars on our roads that are incompatible with the new fuel.
“Whilst some of those incompatible with E10 fuel will be historic models, many will be old but serviceable everyday run-around that people on a tight travel budget rely on to get about.
“The good news is both that the vast majority of cars on our roads are able to run on E10 and that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has recognised the need to protect the users of those older vehicles which are not E10 compatible.
“It will be interesting to see whether the current consultation generates support for the Government’s proposed way forward.”
Here are the 10 models that will have the most registered cars which are E10 incompatible in 2020, according to the RAC Foundation (number of cars in brackets): Volkswagen Golf (28,066), MG MGB (20,890), Mazda MX-5 (18,162), Nissan Micra (15,785), Morris Minor (12,796), Rover 25 (9,879), MG MGF (9,352), Ford Escort (8,947), Rover Mini (7,614), MG TF (7,568).
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