A cleaner form of petrol is now available for motorists in the UK as the government plans to cut carbon emissions.
The petrol ‘E10’ is made up of 10% bioethanol and will be the standard offering at forecourts, replacing E5 which is blended with up to 5% bioethanol.
The UK’s Department for Transport stated that more than 95% of petrol cars licensed for use on Britain’s roads are compatible with E10.
E10, which is not expected to cost more than E5, will be available in Northern Ireland in the year 2022.
An impact assessment that was conducted in January 2020 estimated that approximately 600,000 cars would be incompatible with the new form of petrol.
This includes classic cars, as well as cars that were built in the early 2000s.
E5 will still be available for drivers of these vehicles by purchasing super unleaded.
The Department of Transport stated that E10 will marginally affect fuel economy but that it will be almost “unnoticeable” to drivers when making everyday journeys.
It added that E10 could cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, this would be the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars from UK roads.