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I read today that they are introducing a new unleaded fuel, which will contain 10% bioethanol rather than the 5% in current unleaded fuels. There is an online checker on the gov.co.uk site and it states all Nissan engines are compatible. It will be interesting to see how the Zed performs with it and if there will be a super unleaded higher RON version. 

 

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/what-is-e10-fuel-and-how-could-it-affect-you/

 

It's the first I had heard of it. 

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Looking at what Shell are currently saying, V Power remains unaffected.

 

https://www.shell.co.uk/motorist/e10-petrol.html

 

In September 2021, the standard petrol/unleaded/Shell FuelSave grade ( or main grade) in the UK will become E10, in line with government mandate. E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, compared to 5% currently, which is added to help reduce CO2 emissions1 , according to the Department for Transport.

E10 petrol is compatible with almost all (95%)1 petrol-powered vehicles on the road today, including all cars built since 2011. If your vehicle or equipment is not compatible with E10 fuel, you will still be able to use E5 by purchasing Shell V-Power grade petrol from most Shell service stations. At Shell forecourts, we will clearly label petrol as either E10 or E5. The change in fuel only applies to petrol; diesel fuel will not be changing.

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9 hours ago, W8BGS said:

I read today that they are introducing a new unleaded fuel, which will contain 10% bioethanol rather than the 5% in current unleaded fuels. There is an online checker on the gov.co.uk site and it states all Nissan engines are compatible. It will be interesting to see how the Zed performs with it and if there will be a super unleaded higher RON version. 

 

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/what-is-e10-fuel-and-how-could-it-affect-you/

 

It's the first I had heard of it. 

It's been on the cards since 2018 but only started gaining media exposure since march last year.

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2 hours ago, HEADPHONES said:

I hope Tesco Momentum stays the same too as that's the most convenient station for me.

If not it's good to know Vpower is still there.

Agree, it's the fuel of choice for me too. 

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 Panic not;

 

 

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Wherever a petrol station offers two grades of petrol, the ‘Super’ higher-octane petrol will remain E5 fuel, so you’ll be able to use that.

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2021/06/new-greener-e10-petrol-to-replace-standard-petrol-in-pumps-is-your-car-compatible/

 

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Owners of vehicles not listed in the vehicle checker should continue to use E5 (97+ octane) petrol, which will remain available in the ‘super’ grade.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e10-petrol-explained#compatibility

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I've done a bit of research on this over the last few weeks. The government website indicates that 350z and 370z are compatible although I would like some manufacturer confirmation of this! I'm not ever sticking anything less than 97 in my Z regardless.

 

The main issue is that the new fuel eats certain rubber and plastics so those with modified cars will need to check their components will be ok.

 

There is also noise that it's a pain for petrol stations to stock old (E5) and new variants (E10) as once a tank and pump has moved to the new one it can't run the old. Suggestions are that many will simply switch to the new fuel only leaving us with far fewer places to fill up a year or so down the line. 

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Why would it make any difference to forecourts? Any that can offer 3 fuels now (unleaded, Super unleaded and diesel) will still have the capacity to offer 3 fuels when one of them changes composition slightly. They still have to be stored separately regardless of how they’re produced.

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