The electrification of passenger cars is the dominating, disruptive trend in the automotive industry. The objective is the reduction of the carbon footprint of the road transport sector, which accounts for over 18% of the global GHG emissions. Strengthening regulations on fuel economy and emission control, imposed by governments and global institutions, together with consumer preferences, necessitate car manufacturers to radically re-develop their vehicle architectures. The internal combustion engine is hereby replaced by an electric motor, driven by a battery system or fuel cell, with the ultimate goal to produce a zero emission vehicle.
The changing vehicle architectures heavily impact the lubricants and cooling fluids industry as well. New conditions and technical criteria are pushing the market to develop optimized fluids for electric vehicles to tackle the remaining roadblocks of range anxiety, battery charging rates and vehicle performance. A primary trend to improve EV efficiencies is the direct immersion cooling of the battery pack, e-motor and other powertrain constituents. These components are immersed in a dielectric fluid which improves the cooling capacity, power density and energetic efficiency.
The ester technology of Oleon is one of the options for the formulation of dielectric fluids. In line with the Serving the Earth objectives of Avril, Oleon however wants to go even a step further in the sustainability and carbon reduction of electric vehicles by focusing on 100% bio-based fluids. This unique strategy sets us apart and is allowing Oleon and our customers to develop not only a technical but also a highly sustainable fluid solution for the electrification of passenger cars. Collaboration of industry stakeholders is crucial in this development. Oleon is setting up partnerships and collaborative projects to develop the next generation of sustainable EV fluids.