A new green gasoline that can soon be introduced on the forecourt is incompatible with more than almost a million cars in the United Kingdom, according to a report.
E10 fuel with higher ethanol – which is said to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two percent – is being considered by the government as part of plans to meet the nation's climate change commitments.
However, more than 800,000 British petrol vehicles – including family favorites such as the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Micra – can not drive it, according to a new report from the RAC Foundation.
Fuel for thought: in 2020 a new petrol grade – called E10 – could be introduced in the UK, but almost a million cars can not run on it, according to the latest report
The Department for Transport recently opened a consultation on E10 petrol that was introduced in just two years.
It contains 10 percent bioethanol compared to the five percent present in the current E5-unleaded fuel – also known as 95 lead-free on the forecourts – and should be better for the environment.
The government proposes to guarantee the availability of E5 petrol only until 2020 and the introduction of E10 would probably also mean the end for super lead-free or 97 unleaded fuel.
Ministers had already admitted that about a million cars would not be compatible with E10, presumably older models.
New research by the RAC Foundation has shown that many of these popular older family cars are still used by families with money buoys.
Recent laws have dictated that all new petrol cars that are sold in the European Union from 2011 must be able to run on E10.
Accurate examination of the DVLA database with vehicles currently on the road revealed that currently many incompatible petrol vehicles are used throughout the country.
It said that 868,517 cars owned by the British today can not run on the new fuel with higher ethanol – includes 10 percent of Volkswagen Golfs on gasoline.
However, it is estimated that this will fall to 634,309 in June 2020 because some of these vehicles will be replaced by drivers.
From these cars from 2020 there are 28,000 Volkswagen's immensely popular family hatchbacks, 18,000 Mazda MX-5 convertibles and 16,000 Nissan Micras – all of which were built in the United Kingdom between 1992 and 2010.
RAC Foundation said that 42,213 Volkswagen Golfs currently owned by the UK are not compatible with E10 petrol. By 2020, this figure will probably fall to around 28,000
|MAKING & MODEL||COMPATIBLE IN 2017||INCOMPATIBLE IN 2017||INCOMPATIBLE IN 2020 (EST.)|
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Although the study found that 148,299 UK models manufactured after 2000 are incompatible, the introduction of the new fuel is likely to cause major problems for owners of classic cars and enthusiasts.
If E10 grade petrol is used without modifications to the fuel systems of older vehicles, they are likely to suffer from vapor locks, damage to their fuel system and potentially dangerous fuel leaks.
It can also cause some seals, gaskets, metals and plastics to corrode in incompatible vehicles.
And while the reduction of carbon emissions will be good for the environment, the vehicle will probably make less fuel efficient by 1.5 to 3 percent.
The Department for Transport proposal would E10 replace the current E5 petrol at all filling stations, although larger forecourts that sell three million liters of fuel or more each year, including protection class & # 39; E5 could be used for older cars.
However, this scheme would be revised from 2020, which would allow E5 fuel to disappear in less than two years.
Classic British cars will be massively affected and will not be able to use the new class of petrol
The Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling roadster of all time, but older variants can not run on E10. The same is said for pre-2011 Nissan Micras, which were all built in Sunderland
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: & # 39; If E10 appears on the forecas, drivers should know if their car can use it without being damaged.
& # 39; This analysis shows that in a few years hundreds of thousands of cars will still be on our roads that are not compatible with the new fuel.
Although some of those incompatible with E10 fuel will be historical models, many will be old but useful everyday rounds where people with limited travel budgets rely on to save it.
The good news is that the vast majority of cars on our roads can run on E10 and that transport secretary Chris Grayling has recognized the need to protect the users of those older vehicles that are not E10 compatible .
& # 39; It will be interesting to see if the current consultation generates support for the road proposed by the government. & # 39;
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