Owners of older cars fears over new less polluting fuel
Whilst most modern cars can run on E10 fuel, research from the RAC Foundation cars shows many popular cars are unlikely to be able to use the new fuel which promises to reduce exhaust emissions.
This includes around 150,000 built after 2000, that’s are incompatible. Taking into account older cars being scrapped it estimates that by 2020, there will be 634,309 E10 incompatible cars on Britain’s roads.
It follows a consultation launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) on its proposal to encourage larger forecourts to sell E10 petrol to help the UK meet climate change targets.
Currently, unleaded petrol in the UK contains up to five per cent bioethanol, a grade known as E5.
E10 petrol contains up to ten per cent bioethanol and, while not yet available in the UK, it is estimated that could hit forecourts within the next two years.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, played down the number of incompatible cars and stressed that that vast majority of UK cars will be able to run on E10.
He said: “This analysis shows that even in a couple of years’ time there will still be hundreds of thousands of cars on our roads that are incompatible with the new fuel.
“Whilst some of the cars incompatible with E10 fuel will be historic models, many will be old but serviceable everyday run-arounds that people on a tight travel budget rely on to get about.
“The good news is both that the vast majority of cars on our roads are able to run on E10 and that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has recognised the need to protect the users of those older vehicles which are not E10 compatible.”
Most affected models
Volkswagen Golf (28,066)
MG MGB (20,890)
Mazda MX-5 (18,162)
Nissan Micra (15,785)
Morris Minor (12,796)
Rover 25 (9,879)
MG MGF (9,352)
Ford Escort (8,947)
Rover Mini (7,614)
MG TF (7,568)