With a continual push in emissions regulation, fuel economy and technological changes, your choice in oil could never be more important. What you need to know now before the changes hit your pocket.
Future trends in technological development are driving the oil lubricants industry to up its game. Pushed the rise of combustion technology, after treatment systems, base engine technology, and environmental concerns, European legislation will affect the production and testing of oil lubricant adaptability to these changes. The major trends on the impact of the choice of lubricant come in three main categories that will affect passenger cars and heavy-duty diesels alike:
- Impacts on Fuel Economy
- Contribution to Emissions
- Measures of Durability
What we talk about when we talk about emissions and fuel economy
- CO2 Limits
- Cost of Operations
- The move to “Euro 6” and its impact on lubricants
Euro 6 is the set of legislation that affects emissions and fuel economy in all segments of vehicles. It is not just the move to Euro 6 that is driving the lubricant industry, the lower cost of ownership and operation of newer technologies.
The passenger car segment needs to consider the requirements for OEMs to produce new vehicles that emit less CO2 as well as changes in taxation to encourage purchasing and usage of lower CO2 emitting cars. The target emissions for 2021 are set at 9.5 g/km.
Given 2012’s emissions rates of 130 g/km, there is still a ways to go, but the trend line has been steadily downward. CO2 emissions rates will be steadily taxed as the phasing in period has passed. For example, with the new taxation scheme, 2010’s emissions rates would have yielded a hefty price tag of 10 billion Euros.
How the right choice in oil can save quite a few pennies
With the push towards fuel economy showing no signs of stopping, one is left to figure out how a choice in oil can help save the piggy bank from the hammer. A simple 1% improvement as a direct contribution from the engine oil would save an average of:
- 1.5 g/km CO2
- €143 per car in avoidance of fines
- €2.0 billion per year in avoidance of fines
The right oil, through the use of a new generation of engine oil technology like reducing sludge and soot deposits, and oxidation protection will help take some worry out of the new taxation scheme, and pass on the savings.
Your oil is your vehicle’s immune system:
It’s all well and good to go to the doctor when you get sick, but making sure your engine performance is durable, might save you enormous operating costs by keeping your engine healthy and clear. More and more, the technology used in vehicles is becoming cheaper to enter and more cost-effective to operate. With these new factors come the added risks and increased demand on lubricants to keep things running smoothly.
The move from indirect injection to direct injection requires an oil to handle an increased ability to deal with soot deposits
Turbochargers require an oil to temper thermal degradation
The use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, require an oil that provides protection against deposits and thermal degradation.
What to look for in the right oil:
- Commitment to preventing wear and reduce friction
- Ability to enhance durability
- Ability to reduce deposits and prevent corrosion
- Aptitude for transferring heat loads and prevent oil oxidation
This is just as true for the heavy-diesel segment as it is for passenger cars.
Wolf Oil is keeping up with these changes and is committed to developing data-backed solutions for our customers.
- Fuel economy, Emissions regulation and technology have pushed the need for smart choices about oil lubricants
- The move to Euro 6 will greatly affect the passenger car and heavy-duty diesel market
- Saving yourself from heavy fines can be as simple as choosing the right lubricant