E10 fuel changes: Classic car owners urged to install fuel additives to ‘avoid damage’

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Tom Wood, spokesperson for Car and Classic said additives were “recommended” to help “avoid damage” around key car parts. He said additives were key to “break down any water in the fuel” which can help reduce the effects of damage to steel tanks and the vehicle’s engine.

However, he has still assured drivers should “not panic” about the update despite drivers showing massive concern over the changes.

Mr Wood said: “E10 fuel has been available in Europe for a while and now it’s confirmed that the pumps will have E10-grade fuel from September.

“Some have already started stocking the blend.

“So, what is E10-grade fuel? Well, in a nutshell, regular petrol will now carry a 10 percent blend of bioethanol; the alcohol element that is made from low-grade grains and sugars.

“Alcohol is deemed a renewable element rather than a fossil fuel, and as such has a lower carbon footprint, hence its introduction to petrol stations across the country in a bid to reduce emissions.

“For those with classic cars, this news could come as a cause for concern, but don’t panic.

“Although E10 is being introduced, E5 fuel, or super unleaded, is not on track to go anywhere and will still be available at many petrol stations.

“It will cost you more, approximately 15 pence per litre, but most cars run better on 98 or 99 Ron and could even provide better fuel economy.

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“If you do have to use E10 in your classic in an emergency (and frankly we recommend with E5 too) to use a fuel additive to help break down any water in the fuel that the higher ethanols can attract.

“Especially in classic car steel tanks and to avoid damage to your engine.”

Experts at Hagerty Insurance have urged owners to consider a range of fuel additives when topping up their car with E10 fuel.

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