Petrol and Diesel: Public give opinion on Green Recovery plan
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, the AA said drivers who own non-E10 compatible vehicles would pay £6.42 extra to fill a 55-litre tank if petrol prices remain at their current rates. Drivers with more modern vehicles which are E10 compatible will still see an increase in fuel costs.
The Department for Transport’s Impact Assessment revealed E10 fuel will “add to fuel costs”.
The report predicted overall fuel costs will increase by 1.6 percent as drivers will have to pay for more fuel.
Specialists said the average price of standard petrol yesterday was 126.92p per litre.
Removing 1.6 percent of this figure would be around 2.03 pence which is the extra cost drivers will face per litre with E10.
With an average fuel tank around 55 litres, drivers with E10 compatible vehicles will pay £1.11 extra to fill up from September.
However, non-compatible cars will need to continue using E5 fuel which will still be sold as the protection grade.
This means E5 fuel will be sold under the super unleaded label when the changes are made in September.
Super unleaded is always slightly more expensive and averaged at 138.60p a litre yesterday.
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This means the difference between regular and super unleaded was 11.68p per litre.
Multiplying this by a 55-litre fuel tank means drivers will pay £6.42 extra to fill up a non-compatible car after the updates are introduced.
The DfT report said the switch would “reduce pump price petrol costs” but drivers will have to buy more fuel which would increase expenses.
They warn the fuels “energy content” will decrease meaning drivers will need to top up with more litres to get their regular mileage.
The report said: “Introducing E10 will add to fuel costs paid by motorists.
“Moving from E5 to E10 is estimated to reduce pump price petrol costs by 0.2 pence per litre.
“However, as the energy content of the fuel will also decrease, motorists will have to buy more litres of fuel.
“Overall fuel costs for petrol cars are therefore estimated to increase by 1.6 percent as a result of moving from E5 to E10.”
RAC fuel expert Simon Williams warned back in March E5 fuel would be “more expensive” for drivers.
The RAC has warned as many as 600,000 vehicles will be incompatible with the new fuel with models registered prior to 2002 not advised to use E10.
This has left many classic car owners simply worrying about whether there would be an alternative fuel rather than about the potential for increased costs.
Speaking to Express.co.uk in December 2020, Mark Knight, classic car expert at Retro Marquees said drivers “might be paying a premium” but was thrilled an alternative was still being offered.
He said: “The debate that has been going on recently is whether the alternative fuel would remain normal unleaded or whether it would be a premium grade petrol.
“I believe it looks as though it is going to be the premium grade fuel.
“So for the foreseeable future if you fast forward the clock and say every forecourt selling the normal unleaded petrol is E10 grade is there an alternative for a historic car owner to put in his tank, the answer is yes.
“You might be paying a premium because it is BP Ultimate or Shell V Power. But the point is if you’re concerned there is an alternative.”
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