Mixed feelings over E10

HARARE - Zimbabwe has  introduced mandatory blending of petrol to the levels of E10, a mixture of 90 percent petrol and 10 percent anhydrous ethanol.

The mandatory blending was in  line with an import substitution policy to promote the use of locally produced ethanol and slash the fuel import bill.

The proposal has been met with mixed feelings by motorists.

Amid the controversy, the Daily News’ Bridget Mananavire took to the streets of Harare to talk to motorists about the latest edict.

Kingston Mararike, 52,

“I have heard that the blending is harmful to engines in the long run. This is the reason why I prefer unleaded petrol, unleaded is also efficient.

“I also heard that we would need to use filters, the question is what kind of filters and where do we get them from? It’s all mythical to me.”

Nobert Chirara, 38,

“I have used blend before but it was E5. The only thing I can say about it is that it burns quickly. I would rather use unleaded instead.”

Tendai Moyo, 43,

“If it’s going to be cheaper then it’s most welcome for my taxi business, anything to make it more profitable."

“However, coming to think of it, because it covers lesser distance than I would have covered with unleaded the price might just be the same.”

Blessing Mutandwa, 27,

“I think before introducing these blends motorists should be educated more about it. All we hear are myths and we are worried about our cars. You don’t want to get to a service station and they tell you they cannot provide unleaded, and you’re caught unaware.”

Comments (6)

It is a welcome approach now legislation has to be put in place so that only automobiles that have been tested and declared fit for ethanol blends are the one which are imported.

malvern - 25 October 2013

I would rather use unleaded than E10, i once filled a full tank for my Mazda Familia car intending to go to Masvingo from Harare when i had Mvuma my car was flushing the red light warning me that i have to refuel my car 45litres gone within a distance of 190km thts not right. Would prefer if those who want to use E10 use that and those who want to use Unleaded use that.

Tawanda - 25 October 2013

Whoever has an opportunity to ask responsible authorities about E5 or E10 or E20 tell them to clearly state blended petrol is consumed more compared to unblended so the term cheaper is cancelled out. Actually it becomes more expensive in terms of amount of fuel consumed for a distance covered.

Rex - 25 October 2013

buy deseil cars then see if they can blend it

gunju - 25 October 2013

We should be able to choose buying between E10 or unleaded, mandatory uuuum I sell a rat?????

Boris - 26 October 2013

A whole law by a whole government to help enrich one European by the name of Billy Ruetenberg. It's not only dishonourable but also disgusting. If it is for the good of the country, let's have more players in the ethanol industry then.

Mukorekore Mukuru - 27 October 2013

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