Drivers could be ‘worse off’ with extra charges of £300 per year with E10 petrol changes

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E10 fuel is due to replace E5 as the standard grade of petrol on British forecourts from next month. The Government estimates this could help reduce CO2 emissions by around 750,000 tonnes per year.

This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all cars in North Yorkshire.

E10 is already used in European countries like France, Germany and Finland and contains up to five percent more bioethanol, which is produced from corn, sugar cane and paper production.

The petrol is being introduced as a greener alternative, in keeping with the Government’s plans to distribute petrol that emits less CO2 and slow down climate change.

Most petrol cars built after the early 2000s will be compatible with the new fuel.

However, roughly 600,000 cars on UK roads won’t be.

Those with non-compliant cars are being advised not to use the new E10 petrol as it could damage their car.

The higher bioethanol content is corrosive to rubber parts, gaskets, seals, metals and plastics, which causes engine damage, so it could dislodge deposits in older engines and fuel systems, causing blockages.

Classic cars, albeit a small minority, are among those advised to steer clear of the new fuel.

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Some of the other most popular middle-aged vehicles that will not be compatible with the new fuel include older Nissan Micras, Mazda MX-5s, Ford Escorts and all cars built by MG Rover until 2005.

Simon Williams, RAC fuel spokesperson, said: “With the price of petrol at its highest for eight years, those drivers who have no choice but to use super unleaded E5 petrol will be paying through the nose.

“It’s averaging around 147p a litre – that’s 12p more expensive than the current UK average for standard unleaded.

“This will quickly mount up for anyone who has to drive a lot of miles to get to work every week.

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