France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Buying Motor Fuel in France
E85, SP95/E10, GPL...what does it all mean?

 




 

 

 

Fuel stations are not as common in France as in some countries, so you should note them, and check your supply of fuel, when you see them.

The four most common types of motor vehicle fuel (carburant) in France are:

SP95/E10: Mixture of 95-octane gasoline/petrol (90%) with ethanol (10%)

E85 (Super Ethanol): A mixture of ethanol (70% to 85%) and gasoline/petrol (essence) (15% to 30%, depending on the season). This fuel may not be suitable for most gasoline/petrol-powered cars.

Gasole (Gasoil): Euro-diesel ('clean diesel') fuel

GPL: Liquefied Propane Gas

Not all cars are designed to use fuels containing ethanol, an alcohol derived from plants. Engine components, hoses, and instruments on cars more than a few years old, in particular, may not be designed to have contact with alcohol and may suffer progressive deterioration if fueled with ethanol-containing fuels for an extended period.

The French government maintains a website listing (in French only) all the fuel stations in France and the prices charged by them for the various types of motor fuel. More...

If you plan to hire/rent a car in France, your car will probably be a late model, and the type of fuel to be used should be specified somewhere on the car or rental agreement. (The fuel filler door or cap is a good place to look for a note on which fuel to use.)


Car Hire/Rental

Driving in France

Priority of the Right

Fuel

Highway Tolls & Payment

Parking a Car in France

Car Travel in France

Transport in Paris

Transport in France

Where to Go in France

 

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