Volume 4 Issue 51
President Joseph Biden’s administration announced a series of fuel economy standards this week, a move viewed as further spurring the nation’s shift to low-emission vehicles, especially electric vehicles. The new regulation will ratchet fuel efficiency requires through 2026 and set the stage for even more aggressive mandates in the years after that.
ExxonMobil entered a joint development agreement with biobased base stock manufacturer BioAccelergy to commercially scale the latter’s products, the companies announced last week. BioAccelergy makes plant-based hydrocarbon base stocks for lubricants, transformer fluids and drilling fluids.
The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch Dec. 24 on a NASA mission from French Guiana, will rely on a proprietary oil provided by Nye Lubricants to lubricate multiple mechanisms within the telescope. The launch comes months after the successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover, which used the company’s barrier film formulation product.