FAQs about E10
Will E10 damage my car?
No the majority of cars on the road today are suitable for E10. It is a safe and reliable fuel, used extensively worldwide. In the United States all of the 250 million cars run on at least a 10% ethanol blend, E10.
Please find following a link to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries website, in order for you to confirm the manufacturer supports the use of E10 fuel. www.fcai.com.au
Will I void my warranty?
As stated above, the use of E10 is supported by the majority of car manufacturers, for certainty on your vehicle please visit your car manufacturer’s website or the FCAI website. www.fcai.com.au
Will I lose mileage if I use E10?
The NRMA conducted a recent study testing the fuel economy of E10 versus unleaded fuel. They stated, “The testing showed that the performance levels in fuel consumption between the two fuels were minimal.”
In fact, driving style and driving conditions will have a greater impact on fuel economy than the presence of 10% ethanol.
Is Ethanol and E10 a lower grade fuel?
No in fact E10 has a typical octane rating of 94.5. You are getting a high octane fuel at a discounted price.
Can you switch between regular unleaded petrol and E10?
Yes, you can. E10 is interchangeable with other petrol fuels. In fact all unleaded petrol in Australia must conform to National Fuel Quality Regulations. If E10 is not available just fill up with your normal petrol.
If E10 is made from crops, how does that affect our food resources?
Our ethanol is actually made from the waste starch of an integrated manufacturing process. As part of this process, the food components of the wheat, such as flour and protein are shipped worldwide to be used in food manufacturing – which means there is no effect on our food resource. Additionally, from ethanol production process an important animal feed, Distillers Grain is produced. This is made from residual protein, fibre and oils which are collected and processed into nutritious low cost animal feed for livestock producers. Also during the ethanol production process the fermentation releases carbon gases, gases which are captured and sold to soft drink and beverage companies for carbonation.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, has said, “In Australia, issues related to food versus fuel or land-use versus fuel haven’t been relevant to the biofuels industry because, so far, the industry hasn’t been competing with human food or animal feed, either directly or indirectly.” csiro.com.au