British petrol is changing

Bad news for owners of older cars & bikes

5w ago

The DVLA has announced that standard UK unleaded fuel will contain 10% bioethanol from this summer, up from the previous 5%.

It means owners of older cars and bikes (a reported 5% of vehicles made before 2011) will now need to fill up on the more expensive super unleaded if they want to avoid the extra ethanol content of standard fuel.

You can check if your car or bike is safe to use the new fuel here

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Comments (8)

  • And.....Once again Volvo looked beyond 😎 ALL cars compatible with E10 since 1976 minus a few mid 90's S40's.

      1 month ago
    • Most toyotas covered since the mid nighties other then a couple engine options on the auris. Weird how companies always seem to have a couple stragglers?.

        1 month ago
    • It's probably something to do with using other manufacturers engine's 🤔

        1 month ago
  • The energy content (MJ/litre) for ethanol is 18.4 to 21.2, gasoline is 32 to 34.8. So 61% of the energy content.

    The MJ per kg CO2 is 12.25 to 14.03 for ethanol and 13.64 to 14.64 for gasoline. So 47% less emissions.

    Not really a major difference once the extra usage is taken into account.

    All clutching at straws on behalf of the energy companies, they assume that people in government cannot do the maths and look up the numbers.

      1 month ago
  • The DVLA website doesn't know if my car is compatible. Brilliant.

      1 month ago
  • hehe we already have that for 2 years...

    we still use E5, but only because we fill up in Germany because dutch stations don't sell it, except shell with their V-power which is incredibly expensive...

    E10 is also less economical than E5

      1 month ago
  • Not just old cars or motorbikes that will suffer, as other petrol engines fitted to garden machinery, small boat engines, construction equipment using small engines and generators will also be effected.

    My advice being from a garden machinery dealership background is to start seriously considering using the the ethanol free Alkalyte based fuels in small engines or start religiously using fuel stabilizers that reduce the risk of fuel going off.

      1 month ago