E10 is a biofuel made up of 90 percent regular unleaded and 10 percent renewable ethanol—hence the E10 name. It is estimated that this “greener” type of fuel could significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
No wonder there are already plans for E10 fuel to become the current standard as countries slowly transform transportation and mobility system into one that is fully electric.
Renewable ethanol is an alcohol-based biofuel derived from corn, sugar cane and as a byproduct of paper waste. As well as reducing the levels of non-renewable fossil fuels in gasoline by 5 percent, the growing of plants ethanol is taken from absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.
For countries not yet prepared for an electrified transportation and mobility system, the use of E10 fuel is one of the steps that can be taken to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on the roads.
“As the market tries to be greener, the small switch to E10 gasoline will help drivers across the country reduce the environmental impact of every journey,” according to Nigel Douglas Mckenzie, Global CEO of X-1R Global Ltd., maker of leading global engine and oil additives performance products.
He related that in Great Britain where the plan to switch is already underway, the use of E10 is set to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by cars by a whopping 750,000 tons per year, which according to the UK Department for Transportation is equivalent to removing 350,000 cars on the road per year.
“This switch will soon be seen and felt in the Philippines and it would not be long for some environmentally minded senators and House representatives to craft a piece of legislation in support of E10 bio fuels,” said Mckenzie.
Not for older cars
However, Mckenzie notes that there is a huge chance that older vehicle models may not be able to take such type of fuel blend as it could be damaging to its fuel system components.
“We cannot ignore the over 1 million vehicles built before 2011 in the Philippines that may probably not accept E10. These cars may end up with damaged engines, especially the rubber and plastic components,” he said.
And according to the British-based motoring organization, RAC, E10 is a less stable fuel and will lose specification rapidly.
“This could all be prevented with the use of our newly launched X-1R Five-in-One Gasoline/Diesel Treatment and Decarboniser product. The new formula has been certified at the highest level of fuel stabilization following the ASTM D525 protocol, meaning that the fuel will stay stable for more than six months,” Mckenzie assured.
He added: “The X-1R’s Five-in-One will boost the fuel’s octane rating to give the driver more bang for their buck while removing all the carbon deposits and sludge in the entire fuel system.”
Another issue Mckenzie cited is the fact that as with any bio-fuel, bio-ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning, it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere.
“When this happens, the ethanol loses its ability to mix in the fuel and drops out with the water. This robs the fuel of potency. However, X-1R’s Five-in-One contains water scavenger and will keep the ethanol and water in solution in the fuel, where it passes harmlessly through the combustion process and out of the exhaust.”
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.