All you need to know about E10 petrol

The rollout of a new type of petrol has recently come into play and, with many questions being asked, we thought we could introduce you to its facts here. The unleaded fuel type is known as E10 and will soon become the default option at stations across the UK, including England, Wales, and Scotland.

What is E10 petrol?

You may recognise E5 to be the default unleaded fuel stocked and used nationwide. The contents of this type contained 5% ethanol which now, with the introduction of E10, has been upped to 10%, combined with 90% regular unleaded.

Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel that is generated by the fermentation of plants, allowing a decreased amount of fossil fuels to be used to power our cars. With the 5% increase of ethanol, E10 is widely considered a greener fuel option. The Government brought in the upgrade in a bid to reach their net zero carbon emission target for 2050, whilst decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Are all vehicles suitable for E10 petrol?

Whilst the majority of vehicles will be compatible with E10, there are a small number which won’t be. Those that may find they are not compatible include:

  • Classic vehicles
  • Specific vehicle models manufactured before 2000
  • Select vehicles with an engine size of, or below, 50cc

For these vehicles, E5 fuel will remain available at many large stations throughout the UK, including Wales and Scotland.

If you are unsure whether your vehicle is compatible with the upgraded fuel type, you can find out by looking on the inside of your petrol cap hatch, or by entering your registration into the Government’s vehicle checker.

What happens if a non-compatible vehicles uses E10?

If you’re running low and have no choice but to fill up with E10 petrol as a one off, you needn’t worry. Unlike using diesel to fill an unleaded tank, the action remains relatively harmless, so long as you fill up with the correct fuel next time.

Where can E10 petrol pumps be found?

E10 began its roll out in September 2021 and is still making its way across stations throughout the UK, Wales and Scotland. Until the greener fuel is found at all stations it will be safe to use E5 petrol, as well as top up with E10 when it reaches you.

For support with discovering the compatibility of your vehicle with the greener fuel, or advice on how to navigate the upgrade, get in touch with our team at RKH Service and Repair. Give us a call on 01233 877797 or email us at today.