E10 biofuel: Department for Transport explains why it’s ‘better'
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According to the Department for Transport, 95 percent of cars on UK roads are compatible with the new E10 fuel. But how can you check if you own one of the 600,000 cars which CAN’T use the new fuel?
Tomorrow, September 1, 2021, E10 fuel replaces E5 as the default petrol on forecourts across England, Scotland and Wales.
If you haven’t checked your car yet, now is the time to make sure your motor can run on the new biofuel.
The Department for Transport says that 95 percent of cars in the UK are compatible, but is yours on the list?
Since 2011, it has been a requirement of new cars sold in the UK that they can use E10 fuel.
Manufacturers of many vehicles made since the 1990s have confirmed E10 can be used in their engines.
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The following vehicles, however, may not be able to use E10 petrol:
- Classic vehicles
- Some early 2000s models
- Some mopeds, particularly with an engine size of 50cc or under
If you’re unsure about whether your motor can use this new fuel, you can use the Government’s online car checker to check before Wednesday, September 1.
If your vehicle is not listed, or you’re still unsure, make sure you check with your car’s manufacturer about whether E10 could be suitable.
The RAC has listed the nine most common car models that might be E10 incompatible, read on for the full list.
According to the RAC, these are the nine most popular models that will be E10 incompatible – the number in brackets is the number of those cars on the road.
Volkswagen Golf (28,066)
The GOV.UK website lists the following early 2000s Volkswagen Golf models as incompatible with E10 fuel. This is due to the first generation FSI engines.
- Golf mark 4 – 1.6 litre (81kW) FSI made from November 2001 to May 2004
- Golf mark 4 Estate – 1.6 litre (81kW) FSI made from October 2001 to October 2006
- Golf mark 5 – 1.4 litre (66kW) FSI made from November 2003 to November 2004
- Golf mark 5 – 1.6 litre (85kw) FSI made from August 2003 to May 2004
- Golf mark 5 2.0 litre (110 kW) FSI made from January 2004 to May 2004
MG MGB (20,890)
According to the GOV.UK website, no compatibility information is available for older MG’s up to 2005 when the company ceased trading. It is therefore recommended to use E5 petrol.
Owners should contact their dealer, the manual or filler flap for further information.
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Nissan Micra (15,785)
Early versions of the Nissan Micra may be unable to use the new E10 fuel.
Guidance from the Government says E10 petrol is cleared for use in all models with petrol engines from 1st January 2000. Older petrol models should continue to use E5.
Morris Minor (12,796)
This classic car’s engine is not compatible with E10.
Rover 25 (9,879)
The GOV.UK site says no compatibility information for Rover cars is available as the manufacturer no longer trades. It is therefore not recommended to use E10 petrol and drivers should continue to use E5.
MG MGF (9,352)
As with the MG MGB, there is no compatibility information available. If you can’t find clarification from the manual or a dealer, play it safe and stick with E5.
Ford Escort (8,947)
According to Gov.uk, E10 is cleared for use in all petrol-driven Ford models sold in Europe since 1992 excluding:
- Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI from 2003 to 2007.This model and Ford models sold before 1992 should continue to use E5.
Therefore if your Ford Escort is older, it may be incompatible with E10.
Rover Mini (7,614)
Due to Rover no longer trading, there is no compatibility information available.
MG TF (7,568)
Due to MG no longer trading, no compatibility information is available for this model.
What happens if you put E10 fuel in an unsuitable car?
If you fill up your tank with E10 by mistake once, it’s not likely to cause serious problems for your motor, but don’t make a habit of it.
Unlike putting petrol in a diesel engine, you should not need to drain the tank.
If you accidentally put E10 fuel in an incompatible vehicle, wait until the tank is down to one third or half full and simply top it up with the correct fuel.
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