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'E10 fuel a disaster’: Drivers fume over new petrol causing engine light issues

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Since the new standard of unleaded petrol was launched in the UK in September, drivers have been noting issues with their cars. E10 was introduced to replace E5 and move the country towards the Government’s climate goals.

E10 is blended with up to 10 percent bioethanol and thus releases less emissions, believed to cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

However, some drivers have reported that the fuel has caused them to experience issues with their engines, resulting in higher fees for the driver.

Twitter user Jorgen Faxholm claimed: “E10 fuel a disaster.

“15 percent less mileage. More fuel needed. Garage queues.

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“Which is too low to bring the engine light on (but still too high due to PCV valve failure).

“Just goes to show what that s*** it is doing to engines!”

A third commenter, using the handle FlapZappa, said: “It does seem self-defeating if it means you use 15 percent more fuel, but hey it helps fill the budget blackhole.”

A further driver questioned Boris Johnson’s policies.

When it was first introduced, the Department for Transport said E10 fuel would not be more expensive at the pump than current standard petrol.

Whilst the price of fuel has increased quite considerably in recent months, it can be considered that this was due to outside factors, like the rising price of crude oil around the world.

The Government’s E10 report also said: “E10 petrol can marginally impact fuel economy – generally around one percent.

“This will be almost unnoticeable to most drivers when making every day journeys.”

They said other factors would have a bigger impact on fuel economy, despite many drivers saying their driving habits have remained unchanged since then.



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