Germany’s drivers still reject E10; refiners to re-introduce E5

13 May 2011 18:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Most German drivers continue to reject 10% bioethanol-blended gasoline (E10) - even four months after E10 was approved for sale at the pump, and after a high-profile information campaign, the country’s refining industry trade group said on Friday.

In view of the low demand for E10, Germany’s refiners will re-introduce premium gasoline with 95 RON (research octane number) and 5% bioethanol blend (E5), Hamburg-based trade group MWV said.

Refiners had stopped supplying E5 in regions where they introduced E10.

According to an MWV survey, only 17% of drivers chose E10 the last time they filled their tank, the group said.

Only 39% of those drivers who know that E10 is compatible with their cars have actually filled up with E10, and only 26% plan to continue doing so in the future, the group said.

Drivers remain worried about the risk of engine damage.

In addition, many doubt that filling up with E10 is environmentally or socially responsible in light of the renewed “fuel-or-food” controversy.

MWV general manager Klaus Picard said it is up to politicians and the car industry to address the fundamental concerns Germany's drivers continue to have about E10.

Check out Doris de Guzman’s Green Chemicals Blog for views on sustainability issues

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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