Since its introduction in September 2021, E10 has replaced E5 fuel as the standard petrol grade in the UK. E5 fuel is now considered ‘super’ grade, and although all major petrol stations still stock it, it’s more difficult to come by at rural or remote stations, who may only stock E10.
We conducted a survey of 41 classic car owners asking them about their experiences finding E5 fuel. In the results, 66% told us they have had trouble finding E5 fuel since E10 was introduced last September, while the remaining 34% told us they had no problem accessing it. While the survey may be small, it could be indicative of a wider problem across the UK; being able to access E5 fuel is a big deal for those who drive classic cars, as E10 fuel is not compatible with most cars produced before 2002.
Where can classic owners find E5 fuel?
According to the government website, E5 ‘will remain available at filling stations that sell 2 grades of petrol.’ This is good news for those who live in metropolitan or well-populated areas, as most major filling stations will stock both types of fuel. However, it does mean that those who live in remote areas may find it trickier to locate E5 for their classic.
Plus, there’s the concern about long-term availability. The Petrol Retailers Association stated that ‘E5 will still be available in five years’ time, but only as the protection grade in ‘super’. It will be reviewed in five years’ time.’
The Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs has put together a list of major fuel suppliers who stock E5 fuel, which is a handy list for any classic owners in the UK.