‘Greener’ fuel could be more harmful
EXPERTS say that the Government’s introduction of a “greener” petrol to meet EU regulations could cost UK drivers billions of pounds a year and increase harmful CO2 emissions.
The move to introduce E10 fuel, expected to happen this year, has been branded as “irresponsible” by What Car? after it undertook the first ever real-world tests on the new blend of petrol. Until now, the fuel had only been tested in laboratory conditions and the potential impact on fuel economy had not been communicated to motorists.
The E10 fuel contains 10 per cent bio-ethanol and is being rolled out across the UK as part of the Government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conforming to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. This requires 10 per cent of road transport energy to be from renewable sources by 2020. However, tests by the consumer group discovered that E10 was less efficient than the current E5 (up to five per cent bio-ethanol) blend of fuel across every engine type tested.
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