Volkswagen, Nissan, Ford, Mazda: full list of cars incompatible with the new E10 petrol
A new unleaded gasoline is slated to be launched in the UK next month, but nearly a million cars will not be compatible.
The standard petrol quality with 95 octane will be switched to the “greener” E10 fuel type, which contains ten percent ethanol.
It is part of an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and will be introduced in certain petrol station forecourts in September.
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However, certain cars built before 2011 could be damaged or even void the owner’s insurance.
Motorcyclists can also run the risk of damaging their vehicles if their bike is incompatible.
Almost a million vehicles across the country will be affected by this change, but luckily there are a number of ways to verify that your vehicle is one of them.
One is to use the government’s E10 checker, which involves entering your license plate that tells you if your vehicle is incompatible.
However, according to RAC, there are some brands of cars that are incompatible with the E10 gasoline and users should be made aware of this.
These are the 10 models that according to the RAC Foundation will have the most registered E10 incompatible cars in 2020 (number of cars in brackets):
1. Volkswagen Golf (28,066)
2nd 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)
7th MG MGF (9,352)
8. Ford Escort (8,947)
9. Rover Mini (7,614)
10th MG-TF (7,568)
Malcolm McKay, spokesman for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Association, warned it wasn’t all bad news.
He suggested that E5 fuel would likely be available “for a while” due to the popularity of higher octane fuels.
He said, “It certainly didn’t get as much publicity as the switch from unleaded to unleaded fuel.
“It’s another one of those things, I think the classic car movement was, to some extent, afraid of making too much of a fuss.
“We just have to find a way to get around that.
“E5 will be available for a while, but it’s more of a case that the government said it could be available.
“Then the oil companies and the suppliers have to decide whether the demand is sufficient.
“But since it’s the higher octane fuel and there are a lot of younger cars that run much better and more efficiently on the higher octane fuel, I think we’ll see it for a long time.”
By switching to more environmentally friendly fuels, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 750,000 tons per year – this corresponds to up to 350,000 cars off the road.
Ethanol fuel is partially CO2-neutral, as the plants that are to be turned into biofuels absorb more carbon dioxide than is released during production.
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