‘It’s rubbish’: Drivers returning to using E5 over efficiency issues with new E10 petrol

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When E10 was introduced in September, it became the standard petrol grade in Great Britain. At the time, the Government announced that petrol stations that offer two grades of petrol will stock E10 (95 octane) and E5 (97+ octane) petrol.

They said some rural, remote or very small filling stations may sell only E5 or E10 petrol as standard.

A number of drivers have said they were having issues with E10 and wanted to return to using E5 but were struggling to find it.

One Express.co.uk reader, justjane60, said: “I’ve seen my miles per gallon drop from 54 to 47 which is roughly 14 percent.

“Our local garages though are only stocking E10.

“So as well as increased cost to use E5 would have to travel further afield to find it. It’s rubbish.”

Other drivers have experienced efficiency problems with their vehicles since making the switch to E10.

One driver, using the handle Heathwood, claimed: “I travel between London and Cardiff perhaps four times a year.

“Historically, I have used a quarter of a tank on one journey.

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“Since the introduction of the E10 petrol I have made the journey twice. On each occasion I have used half a tank, rather than the usual quarter.

“Quite apart from the obvious economic disadvantage of using E10, I read that the pollutants in E10 were something like 10 percent less.

“How is it beneficial to the environment to use 50 percent more fuel to achieve a 10 percent improvement in emissions?”

In response, Brock.the.Elder, said: “I also find when my engine is cold it hiccups as I drive down the road for the first 400 yards.

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