Petrol car owners set to 'suffer' and 'spend more money' due to E10 fuel changes, warns AA


AA technical specialist Greg Carter has warned owners of older models will “suffer” as they will need to “spend a little bit more money” on fuel. This is because cars that are incompatible with E10 fuel will need to use the existing E5 fuel which will move across to become the super unleaded protection grade.

However, Mr Carter suggested drivers could get “slightly more miles per gallon” which could increase mileage by 20 or 30 miles compared to E10 users.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The people that it will impact are those people who look on the Government checker and find their car is incompatible.

“The vast minority will have to spend a little bit more money on their fuel as long as they have got that car.

“You do get slightly more miles per gallon out of super unleaded anyway so it’s not just a simple calculation.

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He added: “Those people who do drive incompatible contemporary vehicles shall we call them

“Not classic cars but cars that have been built since sort of 2000 who are not designed to run on that fuel… they’re the ones that will suffer a little bit unfortunately.”

Earlier this year, analysis from the AA showed the differences between regular and super unleaded was around 12.68p per litre,

Based on costs in April, the AA predicted the increase would be around £6.42 once E5 moved across to super unleaded.

Regular unleaded prices will also jump by around £1 per tank when E10 takes over due to the added cost of the fuel.

However, the Government has warned those using E10 will need to buy more litres of fuel”, something older owners on E5 won’t need to worry about.

The Government’s Impact Assessment on E10 fuel states: “Introducing E10 will add to fuel costs paid by motorists.

“Moving from E5 to E10 is estimated to reduce pump price petrol costs by 0.2 pence per litre.



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