'Burning quicker': Drivers complain of E10 fuel as some say their car is 'drinking petrol'


    E10 was first introduced at the start of September and is being touted by the Government as being a “greener” fuel for cars. The petrol is made of up to 10 percent renewable bioethanol, making it a cleaner fuel than the previous standard grade, E5.

    It could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    Transport secretary Grant Shapps praised the move, saying it would help cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the ambitious net zero targets.

    Despite the potentially massive environmental benefits, people have been complaining of issues with fuel economy and overall vehicle performance.

    The Government said that E10 petrol can marginally impact fuel economy – generally around one percent – but it would be “almost unnoticeable to most drivers”.

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    A third driver, jaaiilee, said: “Is it just me, but I’m finding that the E10 petrol is not lasting as long as the E5 does.

    “I haven’t even been anywhere for my car to be drinking petrol like this!”

    Some are also concerned about the future of other petrols, including a Twitter commenter, using the handle Yorkshirebandit.

    They said: “Riding around trying to find some E5 SuperUnleaded is like trying to find the Holy Grail.

    More people may have used E10 petrol over the last few weeks given the UK’s shortage of fuel.

    Hundreds of forecourts across the country have been affected by the lack of fuel as a result of a lack of HGV drivers.

    There were many reports of roadside assistance services receiving record numbers of calls of people filling their car up with the wrong petrol.

    Some drivers will, however, welcome the news of the fuel shortages slowly coming to an end, with only London and the south east being affected now.

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