What is E10 fuel and how will it affect you?
Plans for E10 fuel to become the standard grade at forecourts across the country are well underway. But what exactly is E10 fuel and what do you need to know about its launch in the UK?
Current petrol grades in the UK contain up to 5% bioethanol, known as E5. The proposed E10 fuel increases the share of the renewable energy produced using crops, to 10%.
It’s estimated that the greener fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 cars off the road.
Estimates fail to mention, however, that there could be as many as 600,000 vehicles on our roads that aren’t compatible with the fuel.
Here is a look at the pros and cons of using this new fuel as a genuine answer to increasing emission issues.
What is E10 fuel?
E10 is a biofuel made up of 90% regular unleaded and 10% ethanol – hence the E10 name.
Standard unleaded fuel contains up to 5% ethanol and can be used in any petrol-engined car without problems or the need for modification.
With E10, things aren’t quite so simple, which is why its roll-out in the UK compared to other European countries has been delayed.
There are products available to help with the associated problems, your local TerraClean dealer has access to those.
Check out this link to the .gov guidance explanation about E10.