Perhaps you have noticed it already: the fuel labels at the petrol stations have changed. The European Union has started this new sticker programme in order to prevent confusion among the various types of fuel and to be in sync with other European nations. This is especially handy abroad where you will often see other languages and brand names at the pumps. With the new fuel stickers, you can easily see which fuel is best suited for your vehicle.
Euro 95 and Euro 98
The fuel stickers for Euro 95 and Euro 98 are black and white, are round and also feature the number E5. The maximum percentage of organic components is designated by the number that follows the E. These components are added to the petrol to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. These organic components are made of raw plant materials and are based on ethanol.
In the Netherlands, we mostly use Euro 95 and Euro 98 with sticker E5 but increasingly more pumps are also offering petrol with a maximum ethanol content of 10%. This type of petrol is designated with the E10 sticker and is already readily available in Germany and France.
There is also an E85 sticker. This fuel sticker indicates that the fuel is only suitable for vehicles with a flex-fuel engine. This type of fuel is less popular in the Netherlands and can only be found at a few locations.
Black and white fuel stickers with the number B7 and square shape indicate diesel fuel. The number B7 stands for the most prevalent kind available at the moment but more varieties (including B10, B100 and XTL) are coming in the near future. The number after the B indicates the maximum percentage of specific biodiesel components that may be processed into the fuel.
The fuel sticker for gas is black and white and is diamond-shaped. In the diamond, you will find the letters that indicate the type of gas. These include LPG, CNG, LNG and H2 (hydrogen).
The new stickers can not only be found at the stations, but also car manufacturers will be placing the stickers on the petrol caps of new vehicles. The manuals for new cars will also include this information on types of fuel.