'Burns off faster!' Drivers urged to avoid E10 as it has no benefit over E5


    Drivers have been urged to avoid E10 and opt for E5 instead as the new fuel compound has almost no benefits for drivers. According to one motoring expert, E10 “burns off faster” than E5 leading to higher costs for drivers. 

    Dorry Potter, car and scrappage expert for National Scrap Car, told Express.co.uk: “E10’s sole benefit is for the environment.

    “We are a decade away from the ban on fuel-using vehicles which means needing to find other ways to lessen the impact driving has on the environment in the meantime.

    “E10 is more eco-friendly as a fuel option and therefore it benefits the environment.

    “It’s estimated that this greener fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 cars off the road.”

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    “Ethanol is made during the fermentation process of some crops such as sugarcane and grain, this means it is a more sustainable fuel as it is coming from a renewable source.

    “This greener fuel is also estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 cars off the road.”

    Ms Potter added: “There are two issues with this fuel though. The first is that not all cars are compatible with it meaning that if someone was to absentmindedly put this fuel in a non-compatible car it is likely to cause damage.

    “The Government has a tool on their website which helps motorists check whether their car is able to have E10.

    “Secondly, E10 is less efficient for motorists, due to the higher ethanol content drivers will get fewer miles per gallon than with E5, meaning more trips to the pumps and more money coming out of wallets.

    “Not something anyone needs with fuel prices still being high and the cost of living crisis.”

    NFU Mutual also advised drivers that prevention is always better than a cure, so drivers should double-check what fuel they can use in their cars.

    Dave Rossall, NFU Mutual’s Motor Claims Manager, echoed Mr Potter’s comments and urged drivers to check their compatibility with E10 before visiting a petrol station.

    He said: “Putting the wrong fuel into a vehicle is comparatively easy to do so it should be reassuring to know that there is insurance cover in place.

    “Expert opinion varies but putting E10 petrol into an older petrol driven vehicle once should be OK, but it’s not recommended to repeatedly make that mistake because it could cause damage.

    “Putting E10 petrol into a diesel vehicle will definitely spell trouble.”


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