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Thread: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

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    Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    New ‘eco-friendly’ unleaded won’t suit all cars, forcing thousands of drivers to switch to more expensive alternative

    At least one million motorists could be forced to buy premium fuel from next year – paying an average 8p per litre more at the pumps – as the Government prepares to increase biofuel content in regular unleaded.

    Petrol currently contains up to five per cent ethanol, which most cars can safely use. But this is likely to be replaced next year by an E10 version with ten per cent ethanol – a blend the Department for Transport (DfT) says is not suitable for most pre-1993 cars, plus many newer models, too.

    A DfT statement said the use of E10 shouldn’t affect the operation of modern cars “with the exception of direct-injection vehicles”. However, it added: “Older, carburetted cars are unlikely to be compatible with ethanol in excess of five per cent.”

    Limited space on filling station forecourts is being blamed for the removal of standard unleaded petrol, which would be forced out if the new eco-friendly fuel gets the Government green light.

    BP and Tesco have already confirmed to Auto Express that affected owners would be restricted to super unleaded on their forecourts.

    A Tesco spokesman told us: “Our premium unleaded, Momentum 99, would then be our E5 fuel.” The AA warned that the introduction of E10, which is being driven by an EU directive, will hit cash-strapped motorists hardest. It advised owners to check their car’s E10 compatibility with the manufacturer.

    DfT figures show there were more than 700,000 vehicles on the road last year with 1993 or older registration marks

    Costs compared

    Unleaded 134.5ppl: Ethanol levels to rise from 5-10 per cent
    Super unleaded 142.2ppl: Keeps five per cent ethanol levels until 2013
    Diesel 139.6ppl: Blend of up to seven per cent harmless biofuel
    Premium diesel 147.9ppl*: Biodiesel limits same as standard diesel
    Biofuel – withdrawn: E85 scrapped last May following grant cuts

    Source: AA average fuel prices (October)
    * V-Power price at Shell Apsley, Herts


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    Mr Mk3 madmanmart's Avatar
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    Re: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    Sounds good to me, more cheap old motors going for sale.

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    Re: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    Quote Originally Posted by madmanmart View Post
    Sounds good to me, more cheap old motors going for sale.
    One mans loss is anothers gain... but this is bad news for k jet injected engines.

    Bosch have officially announced in Germany that after having carried out tests (paid for by Mercedes, since other manufacturers don't seem to care) the K-Jet fuel injection system is NOT compatible with this E10 crap. Bosch use some special oily coating or whatever on the internals of the fuel distributor, and this gets attacked by E10, leading to premature corrosion and ultimately failure of the fuel distributor.

    It's the governments way of getting more old cars off the road and making more revenue. By not raising prices at the pump they are instead forcing people to spend more on super unleaded.

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    VIP Member Wrighty's Avatar
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    Re: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    im glad i drive a diesel
    Fully fledged member of the 8V death squad

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    Re: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    ethanol is bad for your engine it is very corrosive and attracts water

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    2nd Gear themac007's Avatar
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    Re: Biofuel shake-up will affect thousands

    ffs another way to get people who want to run older cars paying more money or swapping for a brand new car. i dont get why people dont see the obvious when it comes to environemtal impact, its more environmentally friendly to run a car for 20 years than it is to keep swapping for brand new cars that require lots of heavy industry to produce.

    we all need to start protesting and blockading again, this government is taking the p1ss.

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