E10 fuel changes: How much drivers could pay in UK and how much petrol costs in Europe

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For 95 percent of drivers, the switch to E10 will be seamless and they will be able to fill up as normal. For those who can not use the new E10 petrol, they will have to use the E5 petrol which is on sale – in most cases, this means using Premium Unleaded.

E10 petrol will not cost any more than the standard E5 petrol costs at the pump currently.

Petrol prices have been fluctuating quite wildly over the past year or so, given the inconsistencies with gasoline costs worldwide.

AA fuel price expert, Luke Bosdet, said: “The big challenge for those hundreds of thousands of car owners with cars that can’t use E10 petrol is where to find super unleaded at its cheapest.”

The expert claims car owners who can not use E10 may find themselves paying 10p per litre more to fill up.

He explained: “With super unleaded on average already 10p a litre dearer than ordinary petrol, ending up on a motorway forecourt…could raise the litre cost for those drivers from the current 135.4p UK average for regular unleaded to 163.9p for super unleaded.

In July, the AA reported the highest price for petrol was 134.2p per litre in London, with the lowest recorded in Northern Ireland at 129.5p.

As expected, diesel came in slightly more expensive at 136.1p per litre as the highest price in London and the South East.

Northern Ireland also had the cheapest diesel at 130.9p per litre.


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Although the current price for a litre of fuel in the UK is rather high, it is not the highest in Europe, with a handful of countries facing costs of up to £1.60. 

With coronavirus restrictions across Europe starting to ease slightly, more holidaymakers will be looking to explore parts of the continent.

Spain has one of the lowest petrol prices for western Europe at just 120.4p, as of August 23.

At most filling stations in Spain, drivers can buy E5, E10 and E85.

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