petrol the new standard in 2021
For classic car owners the reassuring news is Super unleaded higher
octane petrol is set to remain at the pumps at E5 for five more years.
E10 and water
See the article by Tony Lake which clarifies the facts and sets aside
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popular view is E10 petrol will be the new standard grade for
unleaded fuel in 2021. Classic and performance car owners who
buy super unleaded higher octane petrol will not immediately
be affected, as this is set to remain at the E5 mix for five
How will I know
if a filling station is using E10 petrol?
Existing UK legislation
already requires that a consumer message must accompany the
sale of E10, informing motorists that not all vehicles are approved
to use unleaded with up to 10 per cent of bioethanol. When fuel
stations switch from E5 to E10 from 2021, this will, by law,
need to be stated on the fuel pump.
Why is E10 being introduced?
With the UK Government targeting net zero for CO2 emissions
in 2050, vehicle pollution is high on the agenda. It's
for this reason that ministers plan to ban the sale of new petrol,
diesel and hybrid cars from 2035 - possibly fast-tracked to
2032 - as motorists are pushed towards zero-emission electric
introduction of E10 fuel will be part of these efforts too,
as it is claimed "the change to E10 will cut carbon emissions
by 750,000 tonnes per year. Thats
the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road".