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Lubrication – Hybrids face challenging operating conditions

The switch between a combustion engine and electric motor challenges engine oil in three ways, states Castrol – increased contamination from cooler engine temperatures, reduced performance due to engine intermittency, and a reduction in system efficiency due to cooler running and lower oil temperatures.

The switch between the electric motor and ICE can result in engines running at cooler temperatures, which can lead to water and fuel build-up in the oil and cause engine deterioration. Cooler running and lower oil temperatures can reduce engine efficiency, resulting in poorer fuel efficiency and charging of the battery. The switching between power sources also means the engine operates at lower speeds then ramps up to high engine speeds quickly. Castrol says that if the lubricant is not up to the job, engine performance and protection will suffer.

Having spent over 25 years investigating the characteristics of hybrids, including a year-long road trial to capture 7,000 hours of data, it has created the HYSPEC standard to ensure its products deliver against these high technical parameters.

Learn more about HYSPEC and its range of engine oils for hybrids HERE

“EVs are bringing new opportunities for independent garages and it’s much more than just strong market growth. Our own data shows that EVs boast higher than average invoice values, better profit margins and improved customer retention. It’s a daunting prospect though, having to adapt your current business. That’s why I’m keen to motivate and inspire others on how to integrate EVs into the traditional workshop offering.”

Matt Cleevely of Cleevely Electric Vehicles speaking at The Blend 2023

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