UK Fuel Is Changing At The Pumps

The UK is changing the ‘standard’ petrol for sale at petrol stations from September 2021. Discover what is changing, why and how this may effect you and your car.

The new standard petrol fuel will be labelled as ‘E10’ at the petrol pumps. This is the same fuel widely used around the world including Europe, USA and Australia.

E10 contains renewable ethanol and 90% regular unleaded. The blended fuel has been created as it reduces the use of fossil fuels to assist in reducing carbon emissions. The introduction of E10 petrol is estimated to cut transport CO2 emissions by around 70,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road. The reduction in efficiency for drivers using the new fuel is very small. A reduction of around just 1% is expected according to the UK government.

E10 is suitable for most cars on the UK roads; but not all. All cars manufactured since 2011 are compatible with E10 fuel and are often marked with a sticker inside the filler cap or in the owners handbook. Older cars built before 2011 may not be compatible, including the classic cars on UK roads. The recommendation for drivers of older and classic cars is to use the ‘super’ grade fuels at petrol stations. This fuel is also labelled as ‘E5′ or ’97+ octane’. Unlike diesel, there is no problem ‘mixing’ the petrol fuels. Long term use of E10 fuel with incompatible cars can lead to damage to seals, plastics and metals due to the bioethanol’s corrosive properties.

If you have any concerns or issues with your car contact the helpful team at Premier Group; your local, independent, complete car care centre in Hednesford, Cannock.

Call Premier Group on Cannock (01543) 426378 for all your car repairs and car servicing requirements.