What Is E10 Petrol And How Will It Affect You?

The UK Government has announced that a new, more eco-friendly type of petrol - E10 - will be made the new standard petrol grade across the country. The new fuel type contains less carbon and more ethanol than standard fuels - basically, it takes less fossil fuels to make and reduces carbon emissions. Great news for the planet! 

The Department for Transport has said the change will be made over the summer months with most cars built after 2011 able to use the new petrol. So, if you’re driving a car older than that, you’ll need to upgrade to a newer one - and when you do, lease it from Vanarama because you’ll get the brand new car you want for far less money. 

With that plug over, let’s take a closer look at what the switch to E10 petrol will mean for UK drivers. 

What Is E10 Petrol?

E10 petrol is a new motor fuel that contains less carbon and more ethanol than the fuels available right now. It is apparently a greener fuel because of this higher ethanol content. Some cars can already run on pure ethanol, but in the UK ethanol is usually mixed with oil-based fuels. For example, the familiar E5 unleaded petrol is actually 5% ethanol and 95% unleaded petrol. E10 will up that percentage of ethanol to 10%.

What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is a type of alcohol created from plants - you can get it from sugar beet and wheat, for example. It is often mixed with oil-based petrol fuels to make their emissions kinder to the environment. 

What Is Changing?

The key change is that E10 will replace E5 as the standard unleaded petrol available to buy in petrol stations. 

When Is This E10 Rolling Out?

The Department for Transport has said this change will take place over the summer months in 2021. 

Will E10 Fuel Cost More? 

E10 fuel will increase overall fuel costs for drivers, but not because it is more expensive. Actually, E10 will be around 2 pence cheaper per litre than E5 unleaded petrol. However, drivers will get less miles out of each litre and will have to visit the pumps more regularly. 

How Do I Know If My Vehicle Is Compatible? 

You can tell if your vehicle is compatible with E10 petrol in 2 ways: 

  1. If it was made after 2011, it’s probably compatible. 

  2. Head to the UK Government’s website and use their vehicle checker: https://check-vehicle-compatibility-e10-petrol.service.gov.uk/

What Happens If I Put E10 In A Non-Compatible Car?

If you put E10 petrol in a non-compatible car, it will still run. However, if you keep using it the higher ethanol content will damage rubber seals, plastics and metals - repairing those will not be good for your wallet. 

Also, E10 is a less stable fuel and some cars will have trouble starting if they’ve not been used for a long time. It’s also considered by motor industry experts to be a less efficient fuel, meaning more is needed to get the same results. 

How Can Leasing Help Drivers With The Switch To E10?

With the switch to E10 petrol beginning to take place, making sure you’re driving a car that can use it is important. If you do need to upgrade your car, check out the deals at Vanarama.com. You’ll see that leasing is the smartest and most affordable way to drive the brand new car you want for far less money than you’d expect.

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