BMF dispels ethanol hype
There have been various scare stories around about E10 but the BMF’s Chris Hodder can now give us chapter and verse about what is the most likely scenario:
“First of all, there is currently NO legal obligation for petrol companies in the UK to supply only E10 fuel. However, they do have to sell a significant proportion of their stock as renewable fuel and this will only be achieved by selling higher amounts of ethanol which will almost certainly be E10 (i.e. a blend of 10% ethanol with 90% unleaded petrol). What you may not know is that current 95RON petrol is actually E5 (i.e. a 5% ethanol and 95% petrol). This has been the case for several years. This means that E10 will be a doubling of the current ethanol content which is less significant than replacing 10% of fuel with ethanol outright.
Nearly all petrol vehicles currently on the road can happily use E5 and between 83% and 92% can use E10. The manufacturer will be able to tell you whether your vehicle is compatible or not (not much help for the classic community, I know). If you are unsure, you will still be able to buy E5 for many years yet, although it may be the Super Grade option, rather than the cheaper version.
To be absolutely clear:
E10 will be labelled as Unleaded 95 E10
Most vehicles will accept E10, but check with the manufacturer
E5 (current “unleaded”) will be available if you are unsure or your manufacturer tells you your vehicle is incompatible
If your vehicle is incompatible or you don’t know, please be cautious when travelling in Europe and filling up as different rules may be in operation.”