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The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said some Ford models were not “cleared for use” with the new petrol. The ACEA’s vehicle compatibility report said E10 could be used in almost all petrol cars with one exemption.
Owners of the Ford model 1,8SCI built between 2003 and 2007 cannot use the fuel and will be affected by the changes.
The ACEA report has warned personal imports which have not been approved by Ford are also not recommended to use the new fuel.
The report said: “E10 is cleared for use in all petrol-driven Ford models sold in Europe since 1992.
“Excluding: Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI from 2003 to 2007.
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“Personal imports not approved by Ford of Europe are not included in the above statement.”
However, a Ford spokesperson told Express.co.uk the 2.0 and 3.0 litre cars remaining on the road today would run fine on the new fuel.
The RAC has previously warned 600,000 cars on UK roads may be incompatible with the new fuel.
They warn as a rule of thumb drivers of vehicles registered before 2002 are not advised to use E10 in their cars.
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E10 contains a higher percentage of ethanol which can cause damage to components in older vehicles.
Tests from the Department for Transport (DfT) showed E10 can lead to degradation of fuel hose and seals, blacked fuel filters and damaged fuel pumps.
Carburettors and fuel tanks can become corroded by the new fuel while a car’s injectors could also become blocked.
The ACEA report has urged drivers to make sure they check their vehicle is compatible before topping up their cars with the new fuel.
The report said: “In countries that offer E10 petrol, before you fill your vehicle with petrol please check that your vehicle is compatible with the use of E10 petrol.
“If, by mistake, you put E10 petrol into a vehicle that is not declared compatible with the use of E10 petrol, it is recommended that you contact your local vehicle dealer, the vehicle manufacturer or roadside assistance provider who may advise that the fuel tank be drained.
“If it is necessary to drain the fuel from the tank then you should ensure it is done by a competent organisation and the tank is refilled with the correct grade of petrol for your vehicle.”
However, the introduction of E10 fuel is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 750,000 tonnes per year.
This would be the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars from the road in the UK.
The UK will not be the first European country to embrace E10 fuel with Belgium, Finland, France and Germany already using the petrol.
Last year’s DfT consultation said E10 would be introduced in the UK in 2021 but no date has yet been set.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Gordon Balmer, spokesperson for the Petrol Retailers Association said the new petrol was still expected to hit forecourts later this year.
He said: “By the middle of last year the outcome of the consultation was revealed and if the introduction goes ahead as proposed there will be a mandated by Government roll out sometime towards the end of this year.”
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