Shell talks low viscosity, maximum protection

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Developing an advanced engine oil that can keep up with todays advanced engines is the driver behind the PC-11 (proposed category 11) diesel engine oil in the works by the American Petroleum Institute.

James Jaillet, news editor of our sister site, CCJ, attended an international Shell Rotella press event in Hamburg, Germany Wednesday at one of just a worldwide handful of Shell Technology Centers.

The company’s stated goals were clear: Low viscosity oils will work for trucking, as long as the durability and engine protection ability of modern engine oils remains.

Shell’s OEM Technology Manager Dan Arcy says the fuel savings they’ve seen start at about 1.5 percent, but have been as high as 3.3 percent in some fleet testing.

For a full recap from the Shell event, click here.