E10 biofuel: Department for Transport explains why it’s ‘better'

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Malcolm McKay, spokesperson for the Historic and Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) has warned the new petrol will “increase fuel consumption” Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr McKay said a rise in fuel consumption will “increase emissions” over time.

He added the new benefits of the new petrol are likely to be “cancelled out” despite the massive investment in the new solution.

He said: “I think it is a fairly small effect overall.

“It’s countered by the fact the car is not going to run quite as efficiently so it’s going to increase fuel consumption.

“Obviously, increasing fuel consumption increases emissions.

“There is an extent to which it cancels itself out.

“But obviously, this has been all calculated and worked out and they still reckon there will be an improvement.”

The Department for Transport has previously confirmed E10 petrol can “slightly reduce fuel economy”.

They warn drivers could expect to see around a one percent reduction in efficiency but it is “unlikely to be noticeable”.

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Motorists have also been warned they will likely top-up their cars more often with E10 fuel than with E5.

However, the Government’s Introducing E10 fuel consultation highlighted concerns from residents about the changes.

The report said there were several concerns raised by respondents related to sustainability and carbon savings of the fuel.

A quarter of private individuals had concerns over fuel economy resulting from increased ethanol.

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