1st September 2021 sees the widespread introduction of E10 Petrol in the UK.
E10 petrol is cleared for use in all ŠKODA vehicles with petrol engines with the following exceptions:
Felicia 1.3 litre OHV (40kw and 50kW) engines in the production years 1994 to 2001
Other ŠKODA models using the 1.3 litre OHV engines produced prior to 1994.
What is bioethanol?
Bioethanol absorbs carbon dioxide, and is a mixture of ethanol and petrol. It’s made from a range of materials including grains, waste wood and sugars.
This new grade of fuel is being introduced to help the UK meet its climate change commitments. According to the government’s own predictions, introducing E10 petrol has the potential to cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars from our roads. It’s estimated every vehicle that runs on E10 will reduce its CO2 output by around two per cent.
The standard unleaded petrol grade in the UK will change from E5 to E10 in September 2021, meaning regular unleaded will contain up to 10 per cent bioethanol instead of the current five per cent. Compatibility with E10 petrol has been a legal requirement for all new cars sold in the EU since 2011, and all ŠKODA models built since 2001 have been designed to run on E10.
Drivers of ŠKODA petrol models built before 2001 will need to opt for a different grade. Drivers of Felicia models with a 1.3 litre petrol engine built between 1994 to 2001, and all petrol models built before 1994, will still be able to source compatible fuels despite the introduction of E10 unleaded. High-octane Super unleaded fuel – widely available at larger filling stations – will still have a maximum of five-per-cent bioethanol.