Even though the new E10 petrol is already available in some UK petrol stations, it will officially be introduced across the whole country in September 2021. This is the biggest change to forecourts since the four-star petrol ban two decades ago. The Government warns that 5% of all UK cars and motorbikes won't work with new fuel and urges the drivers to check the compatibility of their vehicles as 10 of the UK's most popular cars models could be left unable to run on E10 petrol.
E10 petrol vehicle checker
Which popular cars are non-compatible with E10 petrol?
The RAC Foundation published a list of the 10 car models that will have the most registered E10-incompatible cars. In brackets, there is a number of cars affected. Please use the above E10 Petrol Vehicle Checker to determine whether your specific model year can use the new fuel.
1. Volkswagen Golf (28,066)
2. MG MGB (20,890)
3. Mazda MX-5 (18,162)
4. Nissan Micra (15,785)
5. Morris Minor (12,796)
6. Rover 25 (9,879)
7. MG MGF (9,352)
8. Ford Escort (8,947)
9. Rover Mini (7,614)
10. MG TF (7,568)
Don't panic if your car is non-compatible with E10 petrol
Malcolm McKay, the spokesperson for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Association suggests that there is no reason to worry as E5 fuel will likely be available for a long time because of the popularity of higher octane fuels. He said: "It certainly hasn’t had as much publicity as the change from leaded to unleaded fuel (...) It's another of those things, I think that the classic car movement to an extent has been scared to make too much of a fuss (...) We’ve just got to find a way around it."
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