In 1998 US company Universal Lubricant’s Environmental Services Division took up its mission to re-refine and recycle used oil. Now, and in response to the swelling interest in natural gas vehicles (NGVs) across North America, it has launched a re-refined engine oil line specifically designed for compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vehicles.
Fleet operators now have the opportunity to choose either Orion — a traditional lubricant produced from a virgin base oil – or ECO ULTRA® CNG –an alternative lubricant consisting of up to 83 percent re-refined material, both designed for natural gas vehicles. The first of its kind on the market, the ECO ULTRA CNG oil completely eliminates new petroleum products from circulation in CNG fleets while also meeting engine manufacturers’ specifications and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) requirements.
“It’s sometimes easy to forget that there’s still a petroleum based product in CNG engines, so lubricants often slip from sustainability and budget conversations,” said John Wesley, chief executive officer of Universal Lubricants. “But engine oil represents a critical piece of the puzzle for fleet operators.”
The company says ECO ULTRA empowers fleet operators to entirely stamp out the role of foreign oil from their business operations, in an environmentally friendly way.
Universal Lubricants says its menu of CNG engine oils have been formulated to provide exceptional deposit, wear, oil oxidation and oil nitration control in the typically turbocharged engines fueled by natural gas. Low in phosphorous, the ECO ULTRA line meets catalyst manufacturers’ requirements and is available in SAE 30, 40 and 15W40.
(This article compiled using information compiled from a Universal Lubricants press release)