From September 2021 the standard unleaded petrol grade in the UK will change from E5 to E10. This means regular unleaded will contain up to 10 per cent bioethanol, instead of the current five per cent. Already widely distributed on UK forecourts and sold throughout Europe for some time, the fuel is marked E10 and replaces the old E5 grade. ŠKODA is seeking to reassure all owners that all the brand’s new models – and those dating back to 2001 – are fully compatible with E10 unleaded petrol.
Compatibility with E10 petrol has been a legal requirement for all new cars sold in the EU since 2011 and all ŠKODA models built since 2001 have been designed to run on E10. Bioethanol absorbs carbon dioxide and is a mixture of ethanol and petrol and is made from a range of materials including grains, waste wood and sugars.
The new grade of fuel is being introduced to help the UK meet its climate change commitments. According to the government’s own predictions, the introduction of E10 petrol has the potential to cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars from our roads. It is estimated that every vehicle that runs on E10 will reduce its CO2 output by around 2%.*
While all ŠKODA models built in the last 20 years are fully compatible with E10 unleaded, drivers of classic ŠKODA models built before 2001 will need to opt for a different grade. Drivers of Felicia models with a 1.3 litre engine built between 1994 to 2001 and all classic models built before 1994 will still be able to source compatible fuels despite the introduction of E10 unleaded.
High octane Super unleaded fuel, which is widely available at larger filling stations, will continue have a maximum of 5% bioethanol.
Drivers concerned about their car’s compatibility with E10 fuel are advised to check on the UK government’s online check tool: https://check-vehicle-compatibility-e10-petrol.service.gov.uk