Comment: And why would the oil companies launch an advertising campaign to highlight the fact that running on this fuel will lead to 10% or more in sales volume for those companies. That might be open and transparent leading us to believe the oil companies are profit hungry ruthless traders, with zero concern for the hard hit motorist of the UK and the government are hitting the pockets of everyone with these green measures once again.
The latest ‘green’ petrol to be introduced into Britain could make cars less fuel efficient and increase harmful emissions, according to a new study.
What Car? magazine performed what it said was the first “real world” test outside of laboratory conditions on the new E10 fuel, which contains 10% bio-ethanol.
It found significant fuel efficiency drops in four different types of engines, compared to similar cars running on unblended petrol.
What Car? found two of the four identical cars to the EPA test, a Dacia Sandero and a Hyundaai i30, used an average of 10.65% more fuel.
The study suggests smaller car engines used by budget-conscious motorists fared worse than higher performance motors.
This could cause greater potential hardship when the fuel becomes the standard non-premium pump product.
E10 fuel is due to be rolled out shortly as part of the Government’s commitment to greenhouse gas emissions and the EU’s renewable energy directive.
The directive means that by 2020, 10% of all road transport energy must be from renewable sources.
Last year the Government acknowledged some areas in Britain may not have a choice between E5 and E10 fuel, as it is left to oil companies to decide what they stock.
The study also found CO2 exhaust emissions of E10 increased in all four models tested.
The magazine said: “Although the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership asserts that these increases would be partially offset by the renewable properties of bio-ethanol and the fact that the crops used to produce it absorb CO2 while growing.