Total’s new fluid will help cool and lubricate EVs
Total is consolidating its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Produced thanks to important efforts of the group’s R&D teams, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the various components of these new types of engines and to ensure that they remain in peak condition throughout their lifetime.
Two new product lines are now available to automakers: Total Quartz EV Fluid, for light vehicles, and Total Rubia EV Fluid, for industrial and utility vehicles and electric buses.
Marketed by Total Lubricants, these products join the other electric mobility solutions Total offers through a variety of concrete applications for charging, storage, and fleet management.
“Through extensive research efforts, we are proud to have developed products that align with the new needs of electric mobility,” explained Total senior vice-president of lubricants and specialities Philippe Charleux.
“Integrated before the vehicles leave the factories, these high-performance fluids will accompany them throughout their service lives, benefitting all our customers: parts manufacturers, automakers and end users. This project illustrates our technical excellence and our ability to anticipate and innovate, which we leverage for a sustainable and performing mobility. “
These lines were developed to provide a better solution for the specific issues linked to engines and transmissions with high rotation speeds, and the need to control heat exchange in electric batteries.
Total researchers focused their research and development efforts for these fluids on four main characteristics, required by any electric or hybrid application.
These are the dielectric properties, essential to any usage with electric current, as well as the compatibility with new electrification components, helping to prevent the corrosion of copper coils in electric engines and protect their polymer coatings
The fluids also provide a solution for the temperature constraints specific to electric models: rapid calorific evacuation during major accelerations or fast charges, thermal management for batteries, etc.
Finally, Total researched conventional lubrication services for transmissions, to protect their mechanical components, maintain optimal friction properties and ensure vehicles efficiency over time.