Drivers are being urged to check the compatibility of their vehicles with E10 petrol, prior to its launch next month.

The good news is this doesn’t impact your touring if your car was manufactured since 2011. The majority of vehicles from the late 1990s should run on E10 without any issue too.

However, anyone who drives an older vehicle or one from the early 2000s is being advised to check whether it will be compatible. This can be done by using the government’s E10 vehicle checker.

Filling up your car with petrol

The change is part of the government’s plan to cut vehicle CO2 emissions. E10 is expected to cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

If your vehicle is not compatible, you can use E5 petrol by getting the ‘super’ grade (97+ octane). The government advises that this will still be available at larger filling stations.

AA Technical specialist, Greg Carter, says: “Over 98% of petrol cars in the UK can run perfectly well on E10, but some older models, classic cars and motorcycles shouldn’t use it.”

“The extra bio-ethanol content can be more corrosive to older fuel system components, so drivers of older cars and motorcycles should check the Government website before heading to the pump.”

“If you do drive an incompatible vehicle and accidentally fill up with E10, don’t worry, just fill up with super unleaded next time. There’s no need to get it drained as it takes some time for any damage to occur.”

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