By John Smith • 01 October 2020 • 15:18
MOTORISTS in Holland who are known for being cash conscious are actually paying more to fill their cars with expensive petrol as the greener E10 (which replaced 95 fuel last year) is considered damaging to an estimated 700,000 vehicles.
The problems with E10 which contains as much as 10 per cent sustainable bioethanol means that newer cars produce up to 2 per cent less carbon dioxide but Dutch motoring organisation Bovag said prior to its launch that it would not be compatible with many older models.
This claim is born out by petrol card supplier Multitankcard whose spokesman told Telegraaf newspaper “We can see that very clearly though an analysis of spending patterns. Between August 2019 and August 2020, the sale of E5 rose 20 per cent, while the sale of E10 actually fell 5 per cent.”
Despite the Europe wide introduction of these new petrol types, pumps in Gibraltar and Spain still refer to 95 and 98 Octane fuel and prices have generally remained unchanged although currently it is significantly cheaper (up to 30 eurocents a litre) to fill up on the Rock.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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