‘Seriously consider it’: Expert shares driver advice for vehicles not compatible with E10

‘Seriously consider it’: Expert shares driver advice for vehicles not compatible with E10

11/25/2021

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E10 fuel has been on petrol forecourts since September 1, with many millions of drivers up and down the UK switching to the new form of unleaded fuel. Many drivers have been vocal of the effect the new petrol has had on their vehicles, ranging from their fuel economy getting worse to a sputtering engine.

Some have taken steps to avoid E10 with their vehicles, with other alternatives including using super unleaded – which is now E5 petrol – or using a fuel additive.

Fuel additives can be used to keep the fuel system free from excess water as well as benefiting other parts of the vehicle.

Colin Brown, the Director of Campaigns and Political Engagement at the Motorcycle Action Group, said the introduction of E10 had prompted MAG to monitor additives. 

As a rule, drivers of cars registered prior to 2002 are advised not to use E10 in their vehicle, as problems have been reported.

Since 2011, all new cars that have been sold in the UK must be E10 compatible.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “We’re definitely looking into that. There are additives on the market, how effective they are and how much of it is snake oil for want of a better term, we’re not sure.

“We’re working on it and trying to get to the bottom of it.

“There are products out there that do effectively prevent the damage to your engine.

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“There are also many ways of removing the ethanol from the petrol as well if you’ve got the time and the will to start.”

When the fuel was launched, it was estimated that around 600,000 vehicles wouldn’t work with E10, including many classic cars and motorcycles.

Lembit Öpik, MAG’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, spoke of the potential impact E10 could have on their engines, and why additives could be an option.

He said: “This fuel is now a reality in the UK.

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