More than two decades after the invention of the fuel filter, petrolheads can breathe a sigh of relief.
The latest version of the world’s favourite cheap plastic bottle, designed to keep fuel out of the lungs, will be available to buy from the UK’s major supermarkets this month.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says the fuel-absorbing plastic is a “fantastic innovation” which could be used to make the industry’s most common fuel filter thinner.
“Fuel filter technology is changing.
Fuel filters are going to have to evolve and evolve in the years to come,” said DECC chief executive Mark McKeown.
“This innovation could lead to thinner, more effective fuel filters.”
The fuel filter was invented by John Eames, who in 1909 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the first gas-tight sealable polystyrene filter.
Fuel filter technology was invented for the first time in the 19th century by John and Mary Eames.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Eamas was awarded a Nobel Prize for inventing the first fuel filter in 1909, but the first commercial filter was made in 1909