In case you missed it, and frankly that’s almost impossible unless you live under a rock, quitting sugar is the big thing that has plagued our society in the past few years.
From overpriced ingredients to lengthy cookbooks with tips, tricks and tummy-pleasers that don’t rely on our favourite addictive white powder, ‘I Quit Sugar’ is the war cry of the living clean generation.But, while it might be good for you to quit sugar, or at least dial it down a bit, embracing sugar is just about the best thing your car can do, for the environment and for your wallet.
We’re talking about E10, a biofuel that contains up to 10% ethanol along with unleaded fuel, making it a really smart choice for drivers looking to lessen their environmental footprint.
What Is Ethanol?
Ethanol is a renewable energy source that, when combined with unleaded petrol, becomes E10. Queensland produces it’s own ethanol, made primarily from grain and (here’s the sweet stuff), molasses from sugar cane. However, ethanol can also be made from corn, beets, and many other energy-rich plants.
Ethanol blends are rather new in Australia, but they have been used in many countries for decades. In fact, the USA is one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol, manufacturing more than 56 billion litres last year alone. Drivers in the United States, China, Brazil and the European Union all have access to ethanol blended fuel. It’s just a part of life.
For Queenslanders, embracing ethanol means reducing the state’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources, which has a big impact on the future. Ethanol might only be a maximum of 10% of the makeup of E10, but it all makes a difference in the long-term, particularly if more and more Queenslanders get involved.
E10 And Your Car
At this point you might have a few questions about what filling up with E10 is going to be like for you and your vehicle in terms of performance, economy, compatibility and switching between fuel types.
Most cars built since 2000 are able to use E10 blended fuel without any problems. If you aren’t sure, you can check you car’s compatibility with the fuel on the E10 OK website. In compatible vehicles, you’re unlikely to notice any change to the drivability or performance of your car. While the lower energy content in ethanol may result in a slight economy reduction, it’s hardly noticeable in day-to-day driving. It’s also worth remembering that a number of factors influence fuel economy, so your switch to E10 might not be behind less economy anyway.
Also, it’s perfectly ok to switch back and forth between E10 and other unleaded fuel types, providing the manufacturer of your vehicle has approved different kinds of unleaded fuel for use.