Will Your Family Car Be Incompatible With E10?

You might well have heard of the new E10 fuel that is now being sold alongside the traditional offerings of unleaded petrol and diesel in some parts of the world… but it’s possible that the car you currently have may well be incompatible with this new biofuel and using it could actually damage its engine.

New research from the RAC Foundation has estimated that hundreds of thousands of family cars could be among those incompatible with this new fuel, with 868,000 vehicles not able to run on E10 without potentially damaging the engine.

Models included in this are the VW Gold, the MG MGB, Mazda MX5, the Nissan Micra and the Morris Minor. The government is currently consulting on how to protect people from adverse impacts of the introduction of petrol with a higher biofuel content (ten per cent maximum, instead of the current five per cent limit).

Director of the foundation Steve Gooding commented: “Whilst some of those incompatible with E10 fuel will be historic models, many will be old but serviceable everyday run-arounds that people on a tight travel budget rely on to get about.

“The good news is both that the vast majority of cars on our roads are able to run on E10 and that transport secretary Chris Grayling has recognised the need to protect the users of those older vehicles which are not E10 compatible.”

E10 is a biofuel made up of ten per cent ethanol and 90 per cent regular unleaded – which is where it gets its name from. Ethanol absorbs carbon dioxide unlike unleaded petrol, which means that greenhouse gas emissions are partially offset.

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