A new green petrol is set to be introduced by some of the oil giants which could increase the cost of driving along with making older cars less efficient, or not work at all. Now, Britain’s transport minister asked the executives of those companies to delay the introduction of these new measures.
The group of oil companies revealed recently the plan which points to the introduction of a new unleaded petrol called the E10, and according to the MPs, this new substance could have severe consequences. A study estimates that it could add £80 to the driving budget of families every year. It may even cause older car engines melt.
Norman Baker, the transport minister, said that he was worried about this kind of impact on poorer drivers who may still drive older, vulnerable cars. UK petrol giants plan to introduce this new fuel later this year. The substance contains 10% ethanol and is created by corn harvest. EU directives forces companies to introduce such greener petrol substances along with an increase in bio-fuel, and the firms have no choice but to comply. The plan is to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels along with a lower effect on greenhouse gasses.
Britain’s Department for Transport said that this new fuel is actually not compatible with up to 8.6 million older vehicles that are still used on the roads in the UK. The higher ethanol count means that the fuel could actually start melting components in their engines, even motorcycles or lawnmowers.
They also said that the E10 is less efficient than current petrol, which means fewer miles for each gallon. Baker is particularly worried about the impact of this new fuel, and wants at least three months before any new oil is being introduced on the market.