'Simple tips' can help drivers deal with fuel economy fears from new E10 petrol changes


From November 1, motorists will see the “greener” E10 fuel on their forecourts in a move which will align Northern Ireland with Great Britain. The petrol is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol and will help Northern Ireland to decarbonise transport, as it is greener than existing unleaded petrol.

By blending petrol with renewable ethanol, less fossil fuel is needed, helping the UK reduce carbon emissions and meet climate change targets.

The introduction of E10 petrol at UK forecourts could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.

When the fuel was originally launched on forecourts last September, the Government acknowledged that it would have a “marginal” impact on fuel economy.

It warned that drivers may see a reduction of around one percent, but it is unlikely to be noticeable in everyday driving.

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He told Express.co.uk: “We know a lot of people are looking to save money right now and these simple tips are a great start to cutting costs at the petrol pump. 

“Smooth acceleration and braking are the obvious ones, but we also recommend anticipating traffic lights and slow-moving traffic, rather than flooring it between each stop. 

“Only small adjustments, they can have a positive impact on both your fuel consumption and bank balance, especially with drivers feeling cautious with the new E10 rollout.”

Despite the hesitancy of its arrival, Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA), said the move was “very welcome”.

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Some vehicles may not be compatible with E10 petrol including classic vehicles, some specific models from the early 2000s and some mopeds.

Because of this, E5 remains available at larger petrol stations around the UK, with supermarkets often carrying the fuel as standard.

E10 petrol is already widely used around the world, including across Europe, the United States and Australia. 

It has also been the reference fuel against which new cars are tested for emissions and performance since 2016.

For those who are unsure about the eligibility of their vehicle, they can check using a new online tool.


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