What is E10 Petrol?
E10 petrol contains renewable ethanol, around 10% of the fuel is made up of this. This has been an increase from what we have previously known in the UK where only 5% has been renewable. E10 is currently in use around the world including Europe & the US – it has also been used since 2016 as a reference point when testing new cars against emissions and performance.
What does this mean for the environment?
In short, by blending the fuel with 10% renewable ethanol, less fossil fuel is needed which then reduces the overall levels of CO2 based vehicle emissions. This helps us to protect the environment and help the UK meet its climate change goals and by introducing E10 to UK petrol stations, could cut the CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year. This would be the same as taking 350,000 cars off the road – or removing all the cars in North Yorkshire!
How will this impact my Fuel Economy?
You will not see much of a difference with your day-to-day driving – on average fuel economy is reduced by 1%. Other factors to help combat this would be changes to driving style, ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained, or removing any roof racks fitted to your vehicle when not required.
Will my vehicle run on this fuel?
At the petrol station, a circular ‘E10’ or ‘E5’ label will be clearly visible on both the petrol dispenser and nozzle, making it easy for you to identify the correct fuel. New vehicles manufactured from 2019 onwards should have an ‘E10’ and ‘E5’ label close to the filler cap showing the fuel(s) they can use.
95% of petrol-powered-vehicles on the UK roads are approved to use E10 petrol, but almost all petrol vehicles are compatible. All new cars manufactured since 2011 are compatible with E10 fuel, and most cars and motorbikes manufactured since the late 1990s are also approved by manufacturers to use E10.
You can check if your vehicle is eligible to use E10 fuel on the Government website.
What other fuels which have been considered in the past?
This bit is just for fun, but some interesting fuel types have been suggested in the past and here are a few of our favourites:
That is correct, used nappies have been suggested as an alternative fuel source by Canadian scientists using a method called pyrolysis. Let us just hope they have a solution to combat the smelly emissions!
The KDV 500 was developed by German inventor Dr Christian Koch in 2005 and would be used to turn garden waste, paper and even plastic into useable fuel for vehicles. This would be a great way to keep waste out of landfill sites.
Imagine the constant smell of fish and chips following you around wherever you drive, you would either be hungry or never want to see another chip again. Cooking oil / vegetable oil has been used in the past, and offers around the same MPG as normal diesel – salt and vinegar with your vehicle anyone?
Now, we are specialists in finding insurance for people with Drink Driving convictions, however we are not overly sure this one would work. And the industry agrees as well, as the cost for sugar would make this method very expensive to implement.