E-10 Gas - Get the facts

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
February 17, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- E10 gas in Germany has made a big splash lately. This gas contains 10% ethanol, and can damage cars that are not designed to use the blend.

The good news? Ethanol-gasoline blends have been on the market in the US since the late 1970s, and almost all US-spec gasoline vehicles should not experience any problems using the fuel. But check your owner's manual or contact your vehicle's manufacturer if you have any doubts.

The bad news? The blend is relatively new in Europe, and while most newer European cars (built after 2006) should not have problems, there are exceptions. And if you have a treasured "hooptee" from the 1990s or earlier, you almost certainly should avoid the fuel. Again, you can check your owner's manual, or contact your vehicle's manufacturer if you aren't sure your vehicle can run on the blended fuel.

On-line Resources:

German language webpage and brochure on compatibility of European vehicles with E10 gasoline:

here and here