Will E5 still be available?
Yes, the older E5 petrol will still be available for a short time in most filling stations but it will be a premium, more expensive fuel.
Fuel stations that will still continue to sell E5 include:
- Shell (selected sites to sell premium E5 fuel only)
- Texaco (selected sites to sell premium E5 fuel only)
The Metro has put together a handy list of some locations where you can still get E5 petrol.
Can my car use E10 fuel?
While all cars manufactured after 2011 are compatible with E10 fuel, it is estimated that around 600,000 - 700,000 older vehicles on UK roads will not be able to use the new E10 fuel. This is because older cars aren’t designed to work with “future fuels” like ethanol and using E10 could damage your engine.
The following vehicles may not be compatible with E10 petrol:
- Classic, cherished and older vehicles
- Specific models, particularly those from the early 2000s
- Mopeds, particularly those with an engine size of 50cc or under
There is a way around this, but it’s not ideal. People who drive cars made before 2011 are encouraged to swap to super-unleaded petrol at the pumps – an advanced type of petrol that costs an average of up to 12p more per litre.
Aside from the popular vehicle models we’ve listed, classic car owners are likely to be the most heavily impacted by the introduction of E10 fuel. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix for older car models which will now be deemed incompatible with E10. Owners will be faced with the decision to either spend time finding a petrol station (that still offers E5 - the current biofuel available on the market) or contemplate shelling out on a newer car model.