Historic models built before 2000 and some cars produced in the early 2000s that are not compatible with the new fuel should stick with the traditional E5. The old fuel will continue to be sold as a more expensive “Super” class on the forecourt despite the changes.
The FBHVC has asked the government for assurances on the E5 fuel which will likely remain on the forecourt until a new alternative is available.
To ensure that supply levels are maintained, service stations that stock two or more grades of gasoline and sell more than one million liters of fuel each year will need to supply E5 fuel.
In an online statement, the FBHVC confirmed that “almost all cities” will have a gas station that will continue to provide E5 fuel despite the changes.
They said, “The introduction of the 95-octane E10 grade and the maintenance of the Super E5 protection grade will be reviewed by the government after five years to ensure they remain fit for market needs.
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“With regard to the level of protection E5, such a review will examine the developments in the market during the period.
“The HM government has sought to reassure members of the FBHVC and owners of historic vehicles that, without a suitable alternative becoming available, it is highly likely that the Super E5 level of protection will continue to be available.
“Service stations that stock two grades of gasoline and provide at least one million liters of fuel in total each year, will need to ensure that a product is of the Super E5 protection class.
‘Although not all petrol stations meet these criteria, almost all towns in the UK will have a petrol station which will provide’ Super ‘quality and currently a large retailer, a national group of supermarkets, has moved forward. committed to offering the product.
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“The main exception to this rule is parts of the Highlands, the north and west coasts of Scotland, which will be covered by an exemption process and allowed to continue to market the 95 octane grade E5.
“The Federation therefore recommends that all vehicles produced before 2000 and certain vehicles from the early 2000s that are considered not compatible with E10 – should use the Super E5 protection grade where the ethanol content is limited to a maximum of five for hundred.”
Experts at Hagerty Insurance have previously warned that doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel can cause chaos for older cars.
New fuel can absorb more water from the atmosphere, which can lead to condensation in the fuel tank.
Tests from the Department of Transportation found that the new fuel could cause degradation of key components, such as the fuel hose and gaskets, in older cars.
Gasoline can also block fuel filters, damage fuel pumps, and corrode carburetors.
The RAC warns that 600,000 vehicles on UK roads will not be compatible with the new fuel.
Drivers were urged to contact their manufacturers to check if their specific vehicle could be affected.
However, several manufacturers have confirmed that the new fuel is compatible with the majority of their vehicles.
The new, cleaner fuel will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 750,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.
E10 fuel is currently sold in several European countries such as Belgium, France and Germany.