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Almost 1million cars won't work with new E5 petrol this week -see if yours will; E10 fuel will replace E5 as the gold standard from Wednesday -but it's bad news for drivers of older cars, who have to pay more for their petrol or face possible engine damage.

Byline: By, Sam Barker

From this week almost one million motorists and motorbikers will struggle to use new petrol that will become standard -so don't get caught out.

Normal petrol is called E5, meaning it has 5% bioethanol and is better for the environment than using 100% petrol.

But from Wednesday standard petrol will become E10, meaning -as you've probably guessed -it contains 10% bioethanol.

This is due to a government scheme to roll out the new petrol, which it says means vehicles will put out less C02, which will slow down climate change.

All cars and motorbikes built since 2011 are compatible with E10, as are most from the late 1990s, but the government has warned that around 5% of vehicles are not.

There are around 32.7 million cars in the country, and 18.7 million run on petrol, according to the RAC.

That means 935,000 can't run on the new E10 fuel without issues.

There are also approximately 1.27 million motorbikes, almost all of which run on petrol, meaning 63,500 are also affected by the change.

How to check if your vehicle needs E5

A government website lets you check if your vehicle can run on E10 .

You will need to know the vehicle model, engine size and year it was manufactured.

However, it warns: "DfT and its partners will not be liable for any damage to your vehicle as a result of you using this service.

"It's your responsibility to make sure you use the right fuel for your vehicle."

For example, all Ford cars sold in Europe since 1992 are fine with E10, bar the Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI from 2003 to 2007.

Pre-January 2000 Citroens and Nissans cannot use E10 regularly.

All Renaults sold since January 1 1997 can use E10, except certain models.

These include the Megane 1 with 2.0 litre F5R direct injection petrol engine, sold between 1999 and 2003.

All Harley-Davidsons sold since 1980 can use the new fuel with no problems.

If your vehicle won't run on E10, don't worry. E5 will still be sold at most petrol stations with at least two sorts of the fuel -which is most of them.

But E5 will become 'super' grade fuel, rather than the current 'premium' grade -meaning it will cost more than E10.

Putting E10 in an E5 vehicle

If you do put E10 in a non-compatible vehicle, don't panic. Doing it occasionally is not a problem, as your car or motorbike will still run just fine.

The problem comes if you do this a lot.

Repeated use of E10 in a vehicle designed for E5 will lead to eroding of some metal and plastic parts, as well as the car or motorbike not running as smoothly.

E10 is also slightly less efficient than E5. The government said you may see a 1% fall in the amount of miles you get per gallon of fuel.


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E10 is coming -here's what it means for you

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Stickers inside petrol flaps on new cars will say what sort of fuel they can run on

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Many petrol stations have been warning drivers of the coming E10 changes

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Title Annotation:Money
Author:By, Sam Barker
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2021
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