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Australians keep filling up with high-sulphur petrol

Without any public announcement, the federal government has quietly bowed to oil company pressure and given them another eight years before they must produce the same low-sulphur petrol already mandated and used in major international markets such as Europa, Japan or China. As a consequence, Australia’s vehicle fleet will not benefit from new emissions technologies. Australia’s 91-octane standard fuel is allowed to have sulphur levels as high as 150 parts per million. The world standard in markets as mentioned before is 10 ppm. Many small, super-efficient petrol cars being produced for Europe won’t be offered in Australia because they simply cannot tolerate the poor-quality, high-sulphur fuel

Australia’s standard grade fuel also has a low octane level by international standards and many European cars imported can’t use it, and increasingly fewer vehicles sold in Australia will tolerate it (APPEA).