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New European Fuel Marking. Are you familiar with it?

The European Commission has put in place a uniform motor fuel labeling throughout the EU. Years later, new stands have to be marked with stands and refueling guns at all filling stations, but already on many Czech pumps you can see, for example, the markings E5 in the circle or B7 in the square. What exactly does it mean and help new symbols make motorists better navigate the fuel supply?

New product from the European Commission launches new motor fuel labeling system across the EU. According to a European standard issued in October, all petrol stations must be equipped with a single fuel labeling by the end of September 2018. Currently a year before this date, drivers at many Czech filling stations with new marking can meet. The new labeling system may look intricate at first glance, but it is very simple. Fuel for petrol engines is marked with a letter "E" , fuel for diesel engines with square "B" and diamond gas with already known gas designation (for example, CNG or LPG) . Inside the wheel and the square for liquid fuels, besides the letter, the numeral expresses the proportion of the bio-component.

At petrol station stands we can see the E5 at Natural 95 and B7 with diesel most often. "If some motorists were confused about why" B "is not for gasoline, but for diesel, the reason is that it is an indication of the type of biofuel used, ethanol for gasoline or biodiesel for diesel. The primary shape for diesel and gasoline is therefore the shape used, the oil square and the petrol sprocket, " remarks Damir Duraković (Axigon). In the future, fuel for diesel engines that will contain ethanol can be found. The letter "E" may also appear in the square that indicates the fuel for the diesel engine. However, the standard does not exclude any other designation. "Existing fuel names, of course, will not disappear. In addition to binding unified labels, we will also meet marketing names such as Shell FuelSave, Shell V-Power, Optimal Diesel and others, " adds Damir Durakovic.

Changes in marking are progressive and, in some petroleum networks, the requirement of the European standard is already fully processed. "The application of new fuel labeling symbols according to EN16942 in the EuroOil network has recently been completed and by the end of September we have equipped our entire network with standard marking," says Lenka Svobodová (ČEPRO). According to her, this labeling will facilitate orientation when refueling customers, especially from other EU Member States. This is confirmed by Petr Šindler (Shell Czech Republic). "The new symbols for uniform labeling of liquid and gaseous fuels across the European Union aim to make life easier for drivers when new fuels appear on the fuel market, and especially when traveling abroad it may not be easy to navigate their offer," he said Sindler.

There will also be other types of fuel with a higher proportion of the biofuel, so we will encounter, for example, E10, E85, B10, B30 and B100 . However, the standard requires a marker symbol to be placed on the gun pistol's head, and that is not always visible. "This is because smaller vendors typically use a type of pistol that does not allow the markings, and for large nets, the pistol's head is often used to advertise, and that will probably be the case at the last possible moment," says Ivan Ondráček (Union of Independent Petroleum Manufacturers of the Czech Republic) .

It is not just an easier orientation in the expanding range of fuels. Standard designation helps motorists to identify the right fuel in their car abroad, where local names may often be confusing. "Unified European fuel labeling will be seen by the driver on the petrol station stand and under the lid of the tank for newly manufactured cars. It gets a clear lead that the fuel gun can slide into the tank's neck without risking engine damage by inappropriate fuel, " says Damir Durakovic. The fuel labeling of the vehicle tank will at the same time indicate the maximum amount of biofuel that can contain the fuel tank. "If, for example, the E10 sticker is on the car, the customer in the European Union can refuel fuel from E10 or E5 stands," adds Petr Šindler.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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