10 cars that cant use the new E10 fuel – and what to do if you get it wrong – Chronicle Live

A new biofuel named ‘E10’ is being introduced this week across the UK in a bid to reduce the emissions released from petrol cars.

This new fuel contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, hence the name, and is already available in Australia, US and Europe, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

Not all vehicles in the UK are compatible, experts have warned, while E10 petrol is also reported to be less efficient than the previous E5 petrol and is going to cost fractionally more for motorists.

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If your car was manufactured before 2011 you can use the Government’s free online checker to see if their vehicle is compatible with the new fuel.

But the Government has warned that they will not take any responsibility for any damages to vehicles when using the checker, especially if the car has been fitted with replacement parts.

It is estimated that around 600,000 to 700,000 older vehicles on UK roads will not be able to use the new E10 fuel and putting the fuel in incompatible cars can cause serious damage.

These are the 10 most popular car models unable to use the new E10 Petrol

Unsurprisingly, there’s a long list of popular car models that aren’t compatible with E10. The most popular of these is the VW, with over 28,000 registered on the roads today. Models by Nissan, Ford and Mazda also make the list:

1. Volkswagen Golf (28,066 registered in the UK)

3. Mazda MX-5 (18,162 registered in the UK)

4. Nissan Micra (15,785 registered in the UK)

5. Morris Minor (12,796 registered in the UK)

6. Rover 25 (9,879 registered in the UK)

7. MG MGF (9,352 registered in the UK)

8. Ford Escort (8,947 registered in the UK)

9. Rover Mini (7,614 registered in the UK)

10. MG TF (7,568 registered in the UK)

What to do if you put E10 fuel in you incompatible vehicle

Keith Hawes, director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts , shared his advice on what to do if you accidentally put E10 petrol in your car that isn’t compatible.

He said: “If you accidentally put E10 fuel in your incompatible vehicle, don’t worry.

“The consequences really aren’t as catastrophic as if you were to put diesel in your unleaded car.

“It shouldn’t be a problem if this is a one off but, if you were to repeatedly use E10 on incompatible car models, the impact could really damage your vehicle’s engine in the long run.

“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.

“We haven’t yet seen moves by the Government, or DVLA, to proactively make individual owners of these older vehicles aware of the changes.

“So, in the meantime we strongly advise that motorists go to the government’s E10 checking tool to make sure their car is compatible with the new biofuel to avoid any expensive damage to their cars.”

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