Know Your Fuel. E10 Petrol –https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol
E10 petrol is compatible with almost all (95%) petrol-powered vehicles on the road today, including all cars built since 2011. Government guidance on what E10 is, why it has been introduced and further information on the FAQs below is available via www.gov.uk/dft/e10-petrol.
1. What is E10? E10 will become the standard (95 octane) petrol sold at forecourts. It contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, a low carbon fuel that can be blended to reduce the amount of fossil fuel in petrol.
2. Why is E10 being introduced? The introduction of E10 will help to reduce CO2 emissions associated with petrol vehicles. E10 petrol is already widely used around the world, including across Europe, the US and Australia. Since 2016, it has also been the reference fuel against which new cars are tested for emissions and performance.
3. Is my petrol car compatible with E10? All petrol cars manufactured after 2011 can use E10. To check if a vehicle is one of the few petrol vehicles that can’t run on E10 petrol, consumers should use the E10 vehicle
checker: gov.uk/e10checker Petrol vehicles not compatible with E10 will need to keep using the ‘super’ grade petrol labelled as E5.
4. Is E10 available everywhere? E10 is becoming the standard 95 octane petrol, so almost all filling stations will sell E10 (some exceptions may apply for certain
parts of in England, Scotland and Wales this summer, with Northern Ireland to follow). E5 petrol will continue to be available for those that need it at most filling stations (all those selling two grades of petrol)
in the ‘super’ grade petrol labelled as E5.
5. What about diesel vehicles? These changes only apply to the standard grade petrol. There are no changes to diesel.
6. Can I put E10 in my petrol motorcycle? While most modern motorcycles are compatible with E10 petrol, owners are encouraged to check compatibility via the E10 vehicle
7. What should I do if I’m still unsure if my vehicle can use E10? If in doubt, use the E5 super grade petrol and visit the online vehicle checker gov.uk/e10checker and guidance webpage for further information www.gov.uk/dft/e10-petrol Petrol vehicles (or equipment) not compatible with E10 will need to keep using the ‘super’ grade petrol labelled as E5.
8. Where can I get E5 petrol if my vehicle is not compatible with E10? E5 petrol will continue to be available at most filling stations (all those selling two grades of petrol) in the ‘super’ petrol grade which is
labelled as E5.
9. What should I do if I have used E10 in my petrol vehicle that is not compatible? Prolonged use of E10 petrol in a non-compatible vehicle may cause harm and is not recommended. However, accidentally using E10 fuel in a petrol vehicle that is not compatible should not be a major problem – just make sure you fill up with the E5 petrol grade next time. If you need to refuel and there is no E5 petrol available, you could refuel with the minimum amount of E10 and then fill up with E5 as
soon as possible.
10. How do I access the E10 vehicle checker? When safe to do so*, search “gov.uk/e10checker” in the web browser on a phone/computer/tablet to access the E10 vehicle checker. If you don’t have access to internet, read the E10 leaflet and speak to your local garage/manufacturer if unsure.
*Please avoid using phones while on the forecourt of a filling station.