Drivers issued warning that 1million cars may not work with new petrol

Drivers have been warned that around one million cars currently on the road cannot use a type of petrol that will become standard at petrol stations around the UK.

This means they will be forced to pay more for their fuel or face damaging their car.

At the moment, petrol stations in the UK tend to dispense a fuel known as E5, which is a mixture of petrol and five percent bioethanol.

This is because it's better for the environment than having everything run on 100% petrol.

But in September, pumps will start dispensing a new fuel called E10.

It's called E10 because it contains 10% bioethanol instead of the previous five.

This is due to a government scheme to make petrol cars a bit more environmentally friendly by making them produce less CO2, therefore slowing the effects of climate change.

If you own a car that was made after 2011, you will be fine as they take this sort of fuel.

Meanwhile, many cars from the late 1990s are the same.

However, there are some cars built in the middle of that time period that aren't – around 5% of vehicles, if the government's figures are correct.

Out of the 32.7 million cars currently on UK roads, 18.7 million run on petrol.

This means that there are about 935,000 that will be incompatible with E10.

There are also 1.27 million motorbikes, of which nearly all run on petrol, meaning around 63,500 are going to be affected.

You can check via the government website if your vehicle will be affected. You can run your car's model, engine size, and manufacture year through to see if it's going to be OK.

However, the website warns: "DfT and its partners will not be liable for any damage to your vehicle as a result of you using this service.

"It's your responsibility to make sure you use the right fuel for your vehicle."

Those who have a pre-January 200 Citroen may want to double check, because they're incompatible, according to LadBible.

It's the same for Nissans of the same age, and Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI cars built between 2003 to 2007.

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If you discover your car won't take E10, you won't need to worry too much. E5 fuel will still be sold, but it'll just be more expensive.

You will be able to use E10 petrol, but if your car is not compatible then consistent use will lead to engine damage, so you'll want to reduce that chance.

E10 is slightly less efficient than E5, meaning you might see around a 1% fall in the amount of miles to the gallon you get, according to the government.

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