E10 fuel changes are 'no brainer' and should be launched by end of 2021, says top Tory

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E10 fuel changes are 'no brainer' and should be launched by end of 2021, says top Tory

However, Matt Vickers, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British bioethanol claims the Government has left drivers and the industry

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However, Matt Vickers, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British bioethanol claims the Government has left drivers and the industry “in the dark” over the changes. He is pushing for an announcement to be made on the new fuel within the coming weeks to ensure a “coordinated” roll out takes place within months.

The new fuel is made up of 10 percent bio-ethanol which is an increase from five percent when compared to petrol currently available at the pumps.

In a column for the Yorkshire Post, Mr Vickers said: “The Department for Transport promised to publish plans by the end of 2020.

“But as the Christmas lights were being turned on across the country, the Government left the public and the industry in the dark.

“And while Rachel MacLean, the Transport Minister, provided encouraging words on E10, what we need is action and specifically a firm announcement in January or February if we are to get a well communicated and co-ordinated roll out of E10 by the end of the year.

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“So, let’s get on with it. Let’s see E10 introduced and ensure that the North of England is home to a world-beating billion-pound bioethanol industry and the UK lives up to its environmental ambitions as we build back after Covid. It really is a no-brainer.”

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Introducing E10 consultation did propose the changes would take place “during 2021”.

The DfT picked 2021 because it is expected around 98 percent of petrol cars will be fully compatible with the new fuel by this point.

Later in the report, the DfT said by 2021 the number of incompatible cars would be close to one percent with the remainder close to the end of their life.

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They added the timeline also allowed for the consultation process to be fully completed and for new legislation to be passed.

Mr Vickers added: “According to the latest figures, only 5.8 per cent of car registrations in 2020 were purely battery propelled electric vehicles, up from 1.5 per cent in 2019.

“But vehicles using either petrol or diesel engines still accounted for 83 percent of new registrations.

“How then can we make our roads, cities and country cleaner and greener in the short to medium term?

“The answer seems obvious. To introduce E10. It’s a no-brainer.

“E10 would deliver greenhouse gas emissions-savings equivalent to taking up to 700,000 cars off British roads.”

However, the RAC has previously warned up to 600,000 cars may be unable to use the new E10 fuel when it is launched.

This higher quantity of ethanol can cause damage to a car’s seals, plastics and metals over a long period of time.

The RAC warns E10 may be a less stable fuel which means it could be harder to start a vehicle, which has not been driven for an extended period. 

They say as a general rule, cars sold before 2002 are not advised to use E10 petrol in their cars.

As of 2011, all new cars sold in the Uk must be compatible with E10 fuel so there should be fewer issues on more modern vehicles.

However, Mr Vickers warned failing to introduce E10 could have major consequences for the industry.

He added: “There is also a clear economic prize at stake.

“Without the swift introduction of E10 – by 2021 at the latest – the British bioethanol industry will continue to decline and an industry worth £1billion could disappear forever. resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs in and around the North of England. This isn’t just speculation.”



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