E10 fuel changes: Drivers left ‘fuming’ after using new petrol leaves engine ‘sputtering’

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E10 fuel has only been available on forecourts for two weeks, but some drivers have experienced problems with the ‘greener’ fuel. E10 was introduced in the UK at the beginning of September in a bid to lower car pollution rates.

It is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol and made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol.

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

Despite the environmental benefits, some on social media have criticised the move to bring in the new fuel, citing a number of issues.

One Twitter user questioned the pricing of the new fuel and the effect it would have on their car.

They said: “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 user complained of issues with their engine, saying: “One tank of E10 petrol and my Golf Mk5 is sputtering and misfiring and lacks power.

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“Topped it up with E5 and it’s better.

“My car does not like this new fuel!”

A third tweet read: “My car is pre-2011, so I buy the E5 petrol.

“I was fuming when I went to my local garage and the cost for E10 is 155.9p a litre.

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