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The launch of E10 fuel in September was part of the Government’s push towards net zero, highlighted by the hosting of COP26 in Glasgow. E10 is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol and made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol.
It replaced E5 as the standard grade of unleaded fuel, with the old standard being upgraded to be the new standard of super unleaded.
This move is estimated to be able to cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off of UK roads.
In spite of the environmental benefits, many drivers have complained of having to fill up more often.
Some motorists even saw more severe issues like a sputtering engine, their vehicle faltering and even an odour from the petrol.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson from Somerset Classic Motorcycles said they have heard of problems with E10 from their patrons.
They said: “I’ve not heard a single customer yet say to us ‘I run E10 in my bike and it’s fine’.
“The only people who do that are people with very new bikes and even those people say they see worse miles to the gallon.
“The extra cost of super unleaded is justified by the better fuel consumption.
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“The consensus from our customers seems to be that any eco credentials are wiped out by poor fuel consumption.
“That five percent extra ethanol makes them run so badly that you’re doing worse than five percent in fuel economy.
“Overall, you’re going to be using more of the other stuff [E10].”
The RAC had previously warned drivers that around 600,000 vehicles would not be compatible with E10 petrol.
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