I have Shell + (my son works for the creative agency that designed and handles their marketing including this reward program) , BP and now ESSO rewards - that should cover my fleet of cars 👍
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Owning an '88 911 and being aware of the potential damage bioethanol can do to the fuel system of early Porsches, the offer of the PCGB Esso card spurred me into getting a definitive answer from the big three fuel companies (Shell, Esso and BP) regarding the bioethanol content in their fuels and I thought I'd share the answers received from each company. Interestingly, when I asked the question during my telephone 'interview' prior to signing up for a card, the Esso agent admitted that she'd never had that question before, with people only really being interested in octane rating - which, as we all know, is displayed clearly at the fuel pump whereas information about the ethanol content is nowhere to be seen...
Until now, I have been an advocate of Shell V-Power but given the response from each company reproduced below, given the absence of bioethanol in their fuel, the 911 will be run on a diet of Esso Synergy+ from now on - and given the discount, I see no reason not to use it in my Boxster as well. Happy days!
All Shell unleaded fuels contain up to 5% ethanol as allowed under the European fuel specification EN228 and UK government legislation (which requires for blending biofuels). Virtually all outlets sell unleaded fuels with ethanol. Most vehicles manufactured after 1991 are suitable for petrol with 5% ethanol. For vehicles older than this or for those that have any specific design features or modifications, we strongly recommend that customers consult their vehicle manufacturer to determine whether their vehicle is compatible with ethanol-containing fuels before filling up.
Hope this helps.
Thank you for your enquiry. We do appreciate the classic car community has some concerns around the presence of ethanol in petrol.
Fuel suppliers have been required to increase the quantity of biofuels in their transport fuels since 2008 to comply with the government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation; as a result bioethanol has been added to petrol products in the UK since that time. Today, bioethanol is present in nearly all regular unleaded 95 octane petrols being sold by fuel suppliers in the UK and can also be present in the UK’s higher octane petrols.
The inclusion of bioethanol in our supply chain is subject to regulatory and commercial influences and regrettably we cannot give you categorical assurances as to its absence or presence in BP petrol products at specific locations. But we can confirm that currently BP regular unleaded and BP Ultimate unleaded do not contain more than 5% bioethanol.
UK communications team
There is currently no requirement for renewable fuel (such as ethanol) to be present in super unleaded (97 grade petrol).
Esso super unleaded petrol (Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded 97) is ethanol free (except in Devon, Cornwall, the Teesside area and Scotland).