Greener than standard unleaded, SP95-E10 is the best-selling fuel. But is it compatible with all cars?
Appeared in the 2000s, unleaded 95 E10 differs from ordinary unleaded 95 by its higher content of bioethanol, of the order of 10% against only 5% for the latter. A composition that makes it a more ecological fuel, the ethanol it contains then being manufactured through the fermentation of cereals or beets. Less expensive at the pump by a few cents, it is today the best-selling gasoline in France, ahead of the S995 and SP98, which is more expensive. Only downside, it causes a very slight overconsumption, of the order of 1 to 2% and is not compatible with all cars.
How do I know if my car is compatible with the SP95-E10?
Don’t panic though, especially if you’ve just bought a new car. Indeed, all new petrol vehicles are compatible with the unleaded 95 E10, as well as the vast majority of cars produced since 2000. In addition, you usually only need to take a look at the label affixed to your fuel cap to be sure. You can also check with your mechanic or dealership, so as not to make mistakes.
If you put SP95-E10 in a gasoline car that is not compatible, you will not have immediate problems. However, avoid reproducing this error, because the ethanol contained in this fuel, which is none other than alcohol, risks damaging the engine, and especially the hoses if your vehicle was not designed for resist it.
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