E10 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.

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The 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 more years.

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 vehicles. The 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. That’s the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road".