Driver describes ‘sputtering’ engine after using new E10 petrol for first time

Earlier this month, UK drivers saw a new E10 petrol launched at fuel stations.

It is created with up to 10% renewable ethanol and made up of materials like sugars and waste food.

The fuel makes it greener than the previous E5 petrol which could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

And the petrol is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off roads in the UK.

While it might be better for the environment, it hasn’t gone down well with thousands of drivers who have faced trouble with it.

Just last week, UK drivers reacted to the new E10 petrol with many raging over car problems.

Now people on Twitter have been criticising the move to bring in the new fuel.

One user questioned the pricing, adding: “So with E10 petrol are we now paying more for less petrol?

“I’m all for being more environmentally friendly but shouldn’t it be cheaper since it’s watered down?

“Also, since I started using it, my car’s exhaust started sputtering.”

Another complained: “One tank of E10 petrol and my Golf Mk5 is sputtering and misfiring and lacks power.”

The user continued: “Topped it up with E5 and it’s better. My car does not like this new fuel!”

A third raged: “My car is pre-2011, so I buy the E5 petrol. I was fuming when I went to my garage and the cost for E10 is 155.9p a litre.

“A whopping 22p per litre more than the E10. I will not be bullied into taking out a loan to replace a functional car.”

Some car dealerships have begun sharing information regarding the suitability of E10 with the cars they sell.

Unleaded E10 Fuel pump
The E10 petrol replaced the E5 fuel which was in place before
(Image: Derby Telegraph)

The government does say E10 will not be more expensive at the pump than current standard petrol.

It says E10 petrol can impact fuel economy, but this will be almost unnoticeable to most drivers.

The E10 rollout will support the increase production of biofuels at bioethanol plants in the North East of England.

To check if your car is compatible to use the new petrol, you can visit the GOV.UK website.

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