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Classic Car UK: Owners of cars built before 2000 are asked to avoid using new E10 fuel

Historic models built before 2000 and some cars made in the early 2000s that are not compatible with the new fuel should stick to the traditional E5. Despite the changes, the old fuel will continue to be sold on the forecourt as a more expensive super-class.

The FBHVC has asked the government for assurances regarding E5 fuel, which is likely to remain in the forecourt until a new alternative becomes available.

To maintain supplies, gas stations that store at least two types of gasoline and that sell more than a million liters of fuel annually must deliver E5 fuel.

In an online statement, the FBHVC confirmed that “almost all cities” will have a gas station that will continue to deliver E5 fuel despite the changes.

They said, “The introduction of the 95 octane E10 rating and the maintenance of the Super E5 rating will be reviewed by the government after five years to ensure that they remain in line with the demands of the market.

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“With regard to the E5 degree of protection, such a review will examine market developments during the reporting period.

“The HM government has tried to reassure FBHVC members and historic vehicle owners that it is very likely that the Super E5 will continue to be available without a suitable alternative becoming available.

“Petrol stations that store two types of gasoline and that deliver at least one million liters of fuel annually must ensure that a product has protection class Super E5.

“While not all petrol stations meet these criteria, almost all cities across the UK will have a petrol station that delivers the super quality and currently a major retailer, a national supermarket group, has committed to offering the product.

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“The main exception to this is certain parts of the Highlands, the north and west coasts of Scotland, which are covered by an exemption and are still allowed to market the 95 octane E5 class.

“The Federation therefore recommends that all vehicles manufactured before 2000 and some vehicles from the early 2000s that are not considered E10 compatible use the Super E5 protection class, which limits the ethanol content to a maximum of five percent. “

Hagerty Insurance experts previously warned that doubling the amount of ethanol in fuel could wreak havoc on older cars.

The new fuel can absorb more water from the atmosphere, which can lead to condensation in the fuel tank.

Tests by the Department of Transportation found that the new fuel can cause deterioration in key components such as the fuel hose and seals on older vehicles.

The gasoline can also block the fuel filters, damage the fuel pumps, and attack the carburetors.

The RAC warns that up to 600,000 vehicles on UK roads are incompatible with the new fuel.

Drivers were encouraged to contact their manufacturers to see if their specific vehicle could be affected.

However, several manufacturers have confirmed that the new fuel is compatible with most of their vehicles.

The new, cleaner fuel reduces CO2 emissions by up to 750,000 tons, which is 350,000 cars off the road.

E10 fuel is currently sold in a number of European countries such as Belgium, France and Germany.


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