Vehicle electrification has a very important role to play in providing lower emission transportation, a contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Vehicle electrification is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decade, creating new opportunities in the chemical and speciality chemical sector. Infineum is a market leader in the transmission fluid market with a wide range of technology solutions for hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicle fluids.

Action to support E-mobility includes:

  • Establishing a new E-mobility venture. Infineum has formed an E-mobility venture to apply our knowledge and expertise and we are working with industry experts to identify new opportunities and to develop more sustainable lubricants and chemicals for E-mobility.
  • Developing new power transmission fluids. We have programmes with many major OEMs to develop next generation E-fluids that simultaneously lubricate gearboxes and cool electric motors to help maximise power density and efficiency for future vehicles.

Advancing mobility towards a sustainable future

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Our future is exciting. Find out more about the key trends in our industry. The mobility landscape is changing at a rapid pace. At the heart of this change are regulatory pressures driving the transportation industry to make significantly more efficient vehicles, the rise of fast-growing new markets, the needs of the next generation of vehicle owners and the goal of OEMS to extract maximum efficiency from the powertrain. Studies continue to show that millennials are more willing than prior generations to forego vehicle ownership. The focus is more on access to mobility than the ownership of the equipment for mobility. This drives mobility as a service and has further implications downstream. In fact, for many young people the automobile is viewed more as an appliance than a status symbol with access to a vehicle more important than simply owning one. Quite a change from how Baby Boomers viewed owning their first car! And just as music subscription services disrupted music ownership we are also seeing a similar scenario starting to play out in automobiles with car subscription services. Everything is changing. From where and how vehicles are purchased… To who is doing the driving…and who isn’t! Terry Algers: “It's obvious that the trend in electrification is here to stay., I think we'll settle into an equilibrium where we have an internal combustion engine providing most of the motive power to a vehicle, followed by a reasonably-sized battery pack with electric devices that provide some of the vehicle's power. Roger Gault: There will be penetration from zero emission vehicles over time, in specific markets, and specific products, but a significant percentage of the overall heavy duty transportation fleet will remain compression ignition engines fueled by diesel fuel.” As mobility is shaped to contribute to a more sustainable future, electrification stands out as a key pillar for many OEMs even while recognizing that the uptake of electrification will vary. Jeff Brown: Sustainable mobility is a broad field with implications across government, industry, and society as a whole. Nathan Siebert: “GM plans to reach this future by revolutionizing all forms of transportation, from autonomous electric vehicles, to Maven car sharing, and electric bicycles.” Clearly there is no shortage of interest in vehicles with alternative powertrains such as hybrids, plug-in hybrids, full battery electrics, hydrogen fuel cells, and many others which means increasing levels of powertrain complexity and differentiation. Automatic transmission installations will continue their momentum, largely due to their use in hybrid applications, where they may be used to select the optimum power source in addition to the optimum gear ratio. Right across the transport sector there is a continued focus on extracting more energy from the powertrain ...just look at motorcycles advancing to electric. And while commercial vehicles present a greater challenge for wide adoption of electrification, powertrain integration of the diesel engine, transmission, and axels, continues to improve their efficiency while reducing emissions. Low viscosity lubricants will continue to play a critical role. Today’s engines require lubricants to continue to deliver protection against wear, corrosion and deposits while providing fuel economy improvements. The primary challenge with electrification is the sheer diversity of strategies available to each OEM. As OEMs find the right balance (and ultimately compromise) which works for them, lubricant manufacturers will need to create products which meet the needs of an exponentially increasing array of engine technologies using both combustion and electricity. Chris Locke: “We believe that lubricant and additive innovation is key, in particular in responding to the emerging and different needs of more efficient and lower emitting internal combustion engines. Such products must accommodate a range of lower carbon fuel sources whilst also managing the challenges of hybridized powertrains such as intermittent operation, cooler operating temperatures and longer periods of inactivity, while still delivering the expected levels of performance when called into action.” Advancing mobility towards a sustainable future. Join us to make a difference.
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