Volume 4 Issue 16

Conductive Deposits Pose Threats to EVs

Electrically conductive layer deposits are emerging as a new corrosion concern in electric motors in hybrid and electric vehicles, and developing tests to better evaluate such corrosion is important, a Lubrizol official said during a presentation at an SAE International online event last week. The issue exists primarily where deposits form in proximity to exposed copper windings.

Pandemic Bit into Brazil’s Auto Sales

Passenger car registrations in Brazil declined in December and for full year 2020 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by Brazil’s automobile manufacturers association. The country’s automotive manufacturers posted increases in exports and production in December, showing signs of recovery. For the full year registrations dropped 26% to 2.1 million.

EPA Seeks Input on Two Additives

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is asking for additional public input on final rules for five chemicals deemed persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic under the Toxic Substances Control Act, including two used to make lubricants and as lubricant additives. According to EPA, 2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl)phenol, is used in formulations and mixtures for liquid lubricant and grease additives, while isopropylated phosphate (3:1) is used to make lubricants and greases.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Russian Base Oil Exports Rising

IOCL Plans Another Base Oil Plant

South Korea Base Oil Exports Rebound

Briefly Noted

Canada-based distributor Parkland Corp. completed its previously announced acquisition of lubricants distributor Conrad & Bischoff Inc. and its related companies, establishing a fourth U.S. regional operating center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.