Volume 4 Issue 41

Total: EVs Require New Lubes, Fluids

Multipurpose fluids play a key role for electric vehicle motors as evolving technologies raise cooling and lubrication performance requirements, a TotalEnergies official said in a presentation at an SAE International online event last month.

German Researchers Seek Superlubricity

A German research institute said today that it is leading twin projects aimed at achieving superlubricity in vehicles and industrial machinery in order to greatly reduce energy consumption and equipment wear. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS said the Prometheus and Chephren projects are based on deployment of hard and slippery coatings but that participants also plan to develop compatible lubricants based on fatty acids and water.

Shell Starts Russian Expansion

Shell broke ground last week on the new building and storage facility that will house the capacity expansion of its 180,000-tons-per-year blending plant in Russia, the company told Lube Report on Monday.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Sinopec Starts Dormant Group II Plant

Copton Posts Higher Profits, Sales

U.S. Base Oil Output Shrank in July

Briefly Noted

Commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union fell 12% to 148,178 units in July and decreased 5% to 119,525 units in August, compared to the same months last year, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported. That ended a streak of five consecutive year-on-year increases from February through June.