ETHANOL E10 survey ends today – act now! | NEWS
Can you remember when unleaded fuel replaced 4-star leaded? Only certain garages would have leaded fuel to help us classic vehicle owners keep our engines running. Ethanol E10 is the next worrying fuel factor, soon to be implemented in the UK and likely to damage our engines. That’s not the most worrying bit though, read on…
In many parts of Europe E10 is already on sale, although usually sitting alongside 95 octane unleaded (giving us at least something to fill up with). At the moment in the UK our fuel – E5 contains 5% ethanol, an ingredient that is hydroscopic, creates water as it degrades, damages steel fuel tanks, rots tank liners, damages fuel lines, oil seals and engines. Well if that’s not bad enough already, E10 (containing 10% ethanol) is coming to the UK and it isn’t going to end there.
The Government will allow a ‘Protection Grade’ of fuel at E5 to be sold alongside E10 (in the same way as leaded and unleaded were sold together). That guarantee will only last until 2020 though. After the consultation period ends E5 may well disappear. ‘Super’ type higher octane fuels are also unlikely to be available once E10 arrives.
Fuel with an ethanol content of 30% is already being talked about, imagine trying to run a tuned two-stroke on that?
Fill out the survey today (ends 31st August)
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs are running a survey on petrol usage in older vehicles, have your say today if you want to help to protect our future.
Roger Bibbings, convener of the (VMCC) Vintage Motorcycle Club has called on bikers and scooter riders to make their views known by completing the survey “The FBHVC has designed a survey on petrol usage in older vehicles to provide them with valuable evidence in the consultation response. It has been asking our members to complete the survey to help them in their efforts to preserve our right to use ‘Yesterday’s Vehicles on Tomorrow’s Roads’. When results are collated, a copy of the response will be made available on the Federation’s website”.
Please share this around as much as possible, fill out the survey, get your friends to fill it out and start stockpiling precious fuel!
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