ADNOC Distribution has said many drivers in the UAE are using the incorrect and more expensive type of fuel in their vehicles.
According to CEO of ADNOC Distribution, Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, drivers who have been using the incorrect, higher fuel Octane level do not gain on performance or efficiency.
“Putting the wrong octane fuel in a vehicle does not cause immediate problems but it will cause long-term damage and lead to costly repairs,” Al Dhaheri said. “We advise all motorists to revert to the manufacturer manual for their cars to choose the right fuel type suitable for their car. Generally, the majority of car manufacturers recommend using 91 Octane and it is important to understand that when using higher octane level fuel than required for a lower performance engine, it does not, as is a common misconception, assist engine efficiency and cleanliness or enable more km to the litre.”
Petrol prices in the UAE rose by an average of 20 percent from August 1 following the decision to deregulate gasoline and diesel prices and create a new pricing policy linked to global levels.
After the change, retail prices ranged between AED2.25 per litre for Unleaded Gasoline 98 (up 22 percent), AED2.14 per litre for Unleaded Gasoline 95 (up 24 percent) and AED2.07 per litre for Gasoline E Plus 91 (up 28 percent).
ADNOC has launched a public awareness campaign on the range of fuel types available through its network of service stations by clearly highlighting each fuel’s Octane level.
The labelling is hoped to assist customers in using the right type of fuel that is compatible with the requirements of their vehicle’s engine, ensuring maximum fuel and engine efficiency while contributing to more money in drivers’ pockets and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
At the moment many drivers use high level Octane fuel for their car type which costs them more than it should and contributes to higher emissions. At the current national average gasoline prices, the difference between E-Plus 91 and ADNOC Super 98 is 12.6 AED for an average 70 litre tank.
“We appreciate that sport and luxury vehicles require high octane fuel throughout their life span while other cars have lower octane fuel requirements and that is why since 2006 ADNOC Distribution has offered its customers three categories of gasoline to meet the diverse need of UAE motorists,” Al Dhaheri said.
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