E10 Petrol Change

Petrol has now changed to E10 in Great Britain which means that you may need to check if your car is compatible.

All new cars that have been manufactured since 2011 are compatible with E10 petrol. However if you are unsure you can check the compatibility of your vehicle on the Gov.uk E10 vehicle checker. This only affects petrol vehicles, not diesel.

What is E10 petrol?

E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, whereas previously the petrol in the UK contains up to 5% (this is known as E5).

Using 10% renewable ethanol will help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emmissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.

That is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Using E10 will help tackle climate change, and it is already widly used around the world.

Will it reduce my fuel economy?

You may see a very small reduction in fuel economy, typically this is around 1% however it shouldn't be noticeable in everyday driving.

You can still use E5 petrol by purchasing the 'super' grade (97+ octane) which will still be available from most petrol stations.

What happens if you put E10 in a non-compatiable vehicle?

Make sure you fill up your car with the E5 (97+ Octane) 'super' grade petrol next time.

It shouldn't cause a major problem if you accidently put the E10 fuel in, although prolonged use may cause harm and therefore not recommended.

However, you won't need to drain the tank like you would if you accidently put diesel in a petrol car.

If you require any help or further information, please contact our service department here.