New E10 petrol changes will ‘add to fuel costs’ for all owners according to DfT analysis

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New E10 petrol changes will ‘add to fuel costs’ for all owners according to DfT analysis

E10 fuel changes “will add to fuel costs” with an estimated price rise of around 1.6 percent for all drivers according to the Department for Transp

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E10 fuel changes “will add to fuel costs” with an estimated price rise of around 1.6 percent for all drivers according to the Department for Transport’s impact assessment. It is believed some owners may see costs rise by as much as eight percent as many will be forced to purchase premium fuel to keep their cars on the road. 

Quick analysis from Express.co.uk predicts petrol owners could see prices rise by £1.22 every time they fill up their car based on current averages. 

RAC Fuel Watch says the current average cost to fill up a five litre fuel tank is £60.97 meaning a two percent rise would see over £1 added to total costs. 

However, incompatible owners who are expected to pay eight percent more for fuel when E10 is introduced could see petrol prices rose by almost £5. 

Analysis has shown an extra £4.88 would be added onto the overall cost of filling a 55 litre tank as they are forced to pay for premium fuel. 

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“However, as the energy content of the fuel will also decrease, motorists will have to buy more litres of fuel. 

“Overall fuel costs for petrol cars are therefore estimated to increase by 1.6 percent as a result of moving from E5 to E10.”

The report adds: “Our central estimate is that fuel costs for E10 compatible petrol cars will increase by around 1.6 percent for E10 incompatible cars. 

“[Costs will rise] by around eight percent for owners of incompatible cars who are assumed to purchase E5 ‘super grade’ petrol as an alternative to E10.”

DfT analysis has revealed incompatible drivers will pay an extra £33million in 2021 to top up their cars as many pay for premium E5 fuel.

The RAC has previously revealed there are around 600,000 incompatible cars still being used on the roads. 

Experts have warned it is not just classic car owners who are set to be affected with many modern cars also unable to use the fuel. 

Anyone owning a car made before 2002 are advised to not use the new petrol but it can still affect car’s built up to 2011. 

Analysis from the DfT has revealed the number of incompatible cars is set to almost half over the next decade. 

They say there will be around 520,000 non compatible cars on the streets in 2021 but this will fall to just 278,000 by 2030. 

Older vehicles cannot use the new E10 fuel due to fears the higher ethanol petrol could damage a vehicle.

Tests by the DfT have revealed the new fuel can degrade the car’s fuel hoses and seals and lead to blocked fuel filters. 

Fuel pumps could also be damaged and carburetors corroded which can lead to expensive vehicle repairs. 

The tests revealed car’s injectors were blocked and fuel tanks were corroded with analysis revealing rubber is particularly affected by the new fuel. 



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