THE UK IS SWITCHING TO
Over the course of summer 2021, "premium" petrol in the UK will change from E5 to E10.
Many fuel stations have already changed their pumps and are using the new grade in readiness for the change.
E5 (premium or standard) petrol contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, which is added to reduce overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This percentage is rising to a maximum of 10% in a further effort to combat the climate impact of fossil fuels.
E10 petrol is compatible with most petrol-engine vehicles on the road today, and all petrol cars built since 2011.
Will My Honda Vehicle run with the new E10 Fuel?
E10 petrol is cleared for use in all European Honda models with petrol engines equipped with the electronic control fuel injection system (HONDA PGM-FI).
All Honda motorcycles and mopeds produced for the EU market since 1993 can use ethanol-blended gasoline up to 10% although carburettor-equipped models could experience poor driveability in cold weather conditions.
E5 petrol. will still be available in the super grade at many filling stations
How will using E10 affect my vehicle?
Using E10 petrol can slightly reduce fuel economy (the number of miles you are able to drive on a gallon of fuel). There may be a reduction of 1%, which may not be noticeable in everyday driving and equates to no more than half a tankful per year for the average driver.
Other factors such as driving style, vehicle maintenance or carrying unnecessary weight would have a more significant impact on fuel economy.
What if I fill up with E10 by mistake?
Do not panic! Engines that are not compatible with the fuel will not sustain any damage from short term use. Simply fill up with E5 (super) once there is room in the tank and continue to use the correct fuel on subsequent fill ups.
Unlike filling a petrol car with diesel, there is no need to have the fuel drained.
My car is compatible with E10, can I still use E5, or mix the two?
There is no reason not to use E5 if your vehicle is able to run on E10, or to mix the two fuels.
You can check other vehicles using the government website shown below.