PLI’s new EV fluid increases 10% efficiency, reduces 90% plastic usage

The uid will provide better thermal efficiency as well as protection, oxidation, stability and compatibility, D’Arrigo says


PETRONAS Lubricants International Sdn Bhd (PLI) has unveiled their second generation iona electric vehicle (EV) fluid that improves efficiency by 10% while reduction in plastic packaging decreases by 90%.

PLI MD and group CEO Giuseppe D’Arrigo said the fluid will provide better thermal efficiency as well as protection, oxidation, stability and compatibility.

“The most important one is the way we also play a role as PLI is the acceleration of the technology, advancement, whether it is into better efficiency, releasing better material which all that translates into better technology, utilisation and cheaper product for the choice,” he said during the recent virtual launch.

This is in line with Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) commitment in achieving its status as a zero-carbon emissions company by 2030.

“We believe that e-mobility is expanding at a rapid pace. With this rapid growth, innovative solutions are key to accelerate the move towards e-mobility for a more sustainable future,” D’Arrigo added.

The second generation of Petronas’ iona is designed to meet the multiple requirements in the Electric Drive Unit and E-axles including friction and wear control, as well as thermal management to maximise the performance, energy efficiency and reliability of high-performance EVs.

This move is in line with PLI’s commitment towards sustainability that was announced in 2018, whereby 75% of its research and technology investments would be directed at reducing emissions, towards supporting the larger goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

PLI head of global brand (group marketing) Yap Peik Lean said Petronas’s iona EV fluids have been developed specifically to maximise the performance, energy efficiency and reliability of high performance EVs.

This is by targeting three critical areas which are the Electric Drive Unit, the battery and the bearings. The fluid also optimises the energy availability of the battery to facilitate faster charging and extend driving range, and ultimately ensures a smooth driving experience.

“Stringent safety expectations are rigorously tested technologically at once EV fluids which help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) meet the range, reliability, environmental and critical safety needs and concerns of drivers today.

“Our EV fluids are engineered to accelerate efficiency, help revolutionise immobility, pushing boundaries of what is possible to meet the needs of next generation EVs,” Yap explained.

The race to embracing zero emissions is no longer just a legal requirement from governments globally and it is forecasted that 40% of all new cars will be EVs by 2040.

“This has brought about more challenges, especially with rapidly emerging technologies, but also open up more opportunities for Petronas’ team of expert technologists to collaborate with like-minded revolutionary thinkers within the industry,” she added.

FEV Consulting GmbH Markus Volkening said there has been a decrease of sales by 15% in the automotive industry last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, he does expect the market to rebound and expects a 35% sales increase by 2025.

He expects the EV sales to increase by 16 times by 2040 as the adoption rate is getting higher.

“We are seeing a lot of movement in societies and from governments that will further accelerate EV adoption.

“For instance, the European Commission right now is suggesting an emission reduction target of 55% for passenger cars and 50% for light commercial vehicles by 2030,” he said.

PLI head of research and technology Ravi Tallamraju explained that EVs have a completely new set of application requirements for fluids.

“There are no common industry standards or specifications to guide the product development.

“So, in the world of immobility, EV fluid development is critical to collaborate with OEM customers and our customers are not just those OEMs building EVs, but increasingly, the tier one suppliers provide key components,” he said.

PLI’s research and technology team has been collaborating closely with leading OEMs and tier one suppliers to understand the design parameters of this new hardware, and the role of fluids in delivering overall EV performance and durability.

They have worked closely with engineering design consultants, universities and suppliers and have developed many new and innovative in-house testing capabilities to evaluate the AV fluid performance and durability.

“Access to this specialised testing is the key in our ability to develop tailor made bespoke products targeted for different powertrain designs and application needs.

“Our current generation Iona battery thermal management fluids are primarily for applications with indirectly cooled batteries,” Tallamraju added.