In 2018 the Global Research & Technology Center of Petronas, a cutting-edge structure for the development of lubricants and all fluid technologies of cars. Few people think about it, but the development of lubricating oils is essential for engine performance. Let's think, for example, of the Cooltech technology which has made it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3%.
But the development of fluids is not important only for endothermic vehicles but also for electric ones. In fact, the technical development of battery-powered cars also involves the improvement of lubricating and refrigerant fluids which allow the efficiency and functioning of powertrains to be optimised. For this reason, Petronas offers the IONA range of products specifically developed for battery-powered cars.
These are fluids designed to meet the multiple needs of electric motors and electric axles, reducing friction and wear and the thermal management to maximize performance, energy efficiency and reliability of high-performance electric vehicles.
An opportunity to talk a little of the work that Global Research & Technology Center of Petronas is arrived during the event for its fifth anniversary, at the same time as the presentation of the new NEV Fluids Business Unit, created to support the research, development and marketing of lubricating solutions specifically designed for the market of electric vehicles.
ALWAYS MORE? BEWARE OF ELECTRICS
In this center of excellence, the future of lubricating oils and fluids in general is planned, with ever-increasing attention to products dedicated to electric vehicles. Moreover, the increase in battery-powered cars creates new challenges for the automotive and lubricant industries. Petronas, for this reason, is committed to investing resources to provide high-performance solutions capable of satisfying customer needs.
As it explains well James Mark, Head of New Energy Vehicles Fluids Business Unit, batteries lose efficiency in the cold and at temperatures that are too high. Precisely for this reason, new fluids are being studied for the thermal management of accumulators which allow to guarantee a higher efficiency. constant which, in the end, also means being able to improve the mileage of cars.
An important part of development also passes through motorsportwhich has always been a perfect place to experiment with new solutions. From this point of view, Petronas is very active and we cannot help but remember that it is present in many motorsport categories such as Formula 1 together with the Mercedes team. And looking to the future, with an eye always on the topic of sustainability, the Global Research & Petronas Technology Center is working on bio-fluids obtained from hydrocarbons and on those obtained with synthetic or biological processes.
Recently, the R&T center is become an energy provider: the mechanical benches have been redesigned to recover the energy produced during acceptance tests, instead of dissipating it as wasted heat. This energy is then put back into circulation to power the rest of the centre, while any surplus is fed into the electricity grid and sent to a local electricity supplier, for the benefit of the local area and the community. local.
But history is also important and within the research center is a museum was recently inauguratedin which it is It is possible to retrace the history of all the brands that have become part of the galaxy of this multinational. The museum will be accessible to all and will enter to be part of an “industrial tourism” route project also supported by the Piedmont Region.
&` a story that starts far away, precisely from Turin, in 1912, with the foundation of Olio Fiat. A second date that marks a fundamental stage in the joint history of the two brands is 1929, the crucial year in which the Lubricants Division of the Fiat Group began the distribution of its products on Italian territory.
THE NEW BUSINESS UNIT
As we mentioned previously, it is The new NEV Fluids Business Unit was also presented, created as a response to the growing demand for electric vehicles throughout the EMEA area.
The new division will be led by James Mark, former Marketing Director EMEA, who will hold the new role of Head of NEV Fluids. In 2022, globally, one in seven passenger cars was an EV, with sales increasing by 60% compared to 2021. This figure is destined to increase further as a result of the application of European regulations and incentives for reducing emissions, as well as due to consumers' desire to drive more efficiently. sustainable.
In addition to developing skills concrete techniques in this segment, the birth of this Business Unit marks the next generation of products that builds on the momentum generated by the Petronas Iona EV product range. James Mark commented:
We are in a very stimulating era for the automotive industry, as we see more types of cars compared to the past, all with different needs and performance requirements. I am excited to lead our research and development teams to design already EV fluid solutions for tomorrow today. My goal is is to grow the business NEV of PLI to the point of making it a leading global player in this segment.
Alessandro Orsini, Head of Group Marketing and Group Customer Excellence, added:< /p>
The goal of Petronas Lubricants International is is to become a major player in the electric vehicle fluid solutions industry and this team will be the catalyst to accelerate the achievement of this ambition. James’s experience will be fundamental to effectively accelerate the company's offering for a future of mobility sustainable and to become a relevant player in the NEV fluids sector globally.
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