Since the introduction of E10 fuel on the 1st of September many drivers are still unsure about the compatibility of the fuel with their vehicles, many drivers are in the dark about how to even check if the fuel is safe to use. The new E10 petrol contains up to 10% bio ethanol, replacing E5 which has up to 5%, and is being introduced to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It has been estimated that the switch to E10 will cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.
Despite the estimated cut in emissions and the benefits this will bring the Independent Garage Assiciation (IGA) has highlighted that the fuel is not compatible with many vehicles made before 2011, as it can cause some rubber, metal and plastic components to corrode with prolonged use. Drivers who will continue to rely on E5 will also need to make sure the filling station their visiting stocks the fuel in the first place, or risk running out of fuel and having to call on their breakdown provider. To check if your vehicle can run on E10 fuel please check via the Government website here.