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Valvoline recently introduced a new synthetic motor oil specifically formulated for hybrid electric vehicles. The Hybrid Vehicle Full Synthetic motor oil is Valvoline’s first oil designed to handle the unique demands of the estimated 5 million hybrid vehicles on the road today.
The motor oil, which will be available in early 2020, will be sold in 5W-30 and 0W-20 grades, covering most hybrid models currently in use, including all common hybrid vehicles manufactured by Toyota, Honda and other auto manufacturers.
While hybrid engines share many similarities with traditional engines, they also have unique challenges that fluids and lubricants must work to address. These include a hybrid engine's constant engine start and stop, which can prevent warm up and peak performance. Low engine operating temperatures can also create excess water vapor that dissolves into the oil, resulting in sludge, corrosion and motor oil breakdown, which can negatively impact fuel economy and engine life.
"Valvoline's pursuit of new solutions to new problems challenges our unique in-house Valvoline engine lab to create flexible formulas that are proven to extend engine life," said Fran Lockwood, Valvoline chief technology officer. "Valvoline Hybrid Vehicle Full Synthetic motor oil contains a special blend of additives and superior antioxidants to provide the ultimate protection for hybrid engines."
For more information, visit www.valvoline.com.