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Hitting the road with fewer emissions

The innovations fueling today’s products and tomorrow’s solutions

Hitting the road with fewer emissions

A catalyst for low-carbon fuels

As more people around the world gain access to personal mobility, meeting the demand for lower-emission fuels will be essential for a lower-carbon future. ExxonMobil has a rich history of driving change in the automotive sector, and today’s researchers are building on that foundation to help create new, lower-emission fuels.
 

Foundational science for tomorrow’s breakthroughs

Tomorrow’s engines require high-performance fuels and durable oils that enable drivers to go farther on less while also producing fewer emissions. This all starts with a commitment to and investment in fundamental science, which guides our researchers in their search for new breakthroughs.

Today, for example, ExxonMobil is partnering with Porsche to produce eFuel — an advanced synthetic fuel with fewer emissions, compared to conventional fuels — based on our technological expertise in transforming methanol to gasoline. As with our testing of advanced biofuels, ExxonMobil brings its decades of fuel expertise to this partnership.

Driving solutions with materials

Lower-emission advances aren’t just under the hood. Replacing light-duty vehicle steel components with lighter-weight plastics — from bumper to bumper — can enable better performance and a lower-emission footprint. Find out more about our offerings and discover how our scientists are helping to create new solutions to a world with more drivers and fewer emissions.

Polypropylene

The building blocks of plastics in bumpers and dashboards help make cars lighter and more efficient, thereby cutting emissions.
Polypropylene

Lightweight plastics

Modern plastics make up half a vehicle’s volume, but only 10 percent of its weight. Lighter cars help produce fewer emissions.
Lightweight plastics

Butyl rubber

Higher fuel efficiency reduces emissions, and this rubber helps by weighing less and retaining inflation.
Butyl rubber

Cracking the code on biofuels

Biofuel refers to an umbrella term of fuels that are derived from biomass, and today ExxonMobil is working with partner Viridos to advance new solutions created from algae, a nonfood source, for tomorrow’s biofuel.
petri dish with algae

Our solutions for electric vehicles

By 2040, there could be as many as 420 million electric vehicles on the road, up from 3 million in 2017. And powering these lower-emission vehicles are ExxonMobil products — including lubricants, specialty greases and e-motor fluids — that help drivers to go longer between charges.
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partnerships

Bringing in outside voices

Collaborations and partnerships are instrumental in finding tomorrow’s breakthrough cleaner fuels. Whether its partners like Viridos developing biofuels made from algae or Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment helping to extend the life cycle of electric vehicle batteries, reaching out to outside thinkers brings new lower-emission products to drivers around the world.

A deeper dive

ExxonMobil expands plans for renewable diesel

ExxonMobil recently expanded its agreement with alternative fuels developer Global Clean Energy to purchase up to 5 million barrels per year of renewable diesel. The engine-ready fuel will be partially derived from camelina, a plant that does not displace food crops and can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The road to 2040: What’s fueling transportation growth

Projections that the global middle class will increase by 1.7 billion people over the next two decades means a lot more energy will be needed in the years ahead to move planes, trains and automobiles.

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Porsche racecar

A new breed of racing, built on new technology

Fans rarely see the fluids inside a race car, but they are the hidden workhorses for race day success. Same for the engineers developing those fluids and lubes. And, activating the dynamic science behind race car performance requires the very same dedication and precision found on the racetrack itself.

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The science behind driving longer on less

Drivers don’t often think of the science behind getting more mileage out of their fuel tanks. So they might not know that engine lubricants play an important role in helping cars run longer with less fuel.

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Nine things you might not know about lubricants

Chances are, you’ve heard of motor oil. But do you know why it’s important? And what about grease? Or gear oil?

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Pioneers of innovation: The battery that changed the world

If you are reading this on a phone, tablet or laptop, you should probably thank Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham. In the 1970s Dr. Whittingham was working at ExxonMobil’s Clinton, New Jersey, corporate research lab when he created the very first examples of a radical new technology: the rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

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Fueling Asia’s growing auto market with lower emissions

Asia’s love of cars is evolving into the hottest market in the world, and as that trend matures, so too will the technology driving new efficiencies. In fact, through 2040, the region will see the largest growth in access to cars, driving a huge demand not just in the fuel pumped into their tanks, but also the materials to produce them.

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Researching solutions for lower emissions

With more than 20,000 scientists and engineers around the world, ExxonMobil is a leader in energy innovation.

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man and child

How cars go fast, according to kids

Ask any child what they want to do when they grow up, and chances are being a race car driver will top a few lists. It’s no surprise, given the excitement and adrenaline rush spectators feel when watching world-class drivers speed their cars toward a checkered flag – a feeling that helps make motor racing one of the most popular sports in the world.

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FAQ: Why do some cars require premium versus regular gas?

As a driver, you arrive at the pump ready to fuel up with your usual premium or regular gas. You probably don’t realize there’s more to your fuel choice than meets the eye.

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8 Tips to drive smarter and save fuel

Everyone needs to get from A to B – and often you need to get there by car. To get the most out of every mile – and gallon of gas – it’s helpful to remember a few simple ways to enhance fuel economy and extend the journey.

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For electric vehicles, tire inflation and efficiency go hand in hand

What if there were a way to increase an electric vehicle’s (EV’s) energy efficiency by 3 to 7 percent? A recent ExxonMobil study has revealed that proper tire inflation can do just that.

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Daniel Vertucci: A laboratory outpost in Las Vegas

Most people don’t associate Las Vegas as the center of the car universe, but for me the city is a driving force behind some of the biggest innovations under the hood. I am a senior engineer at ExxonMobil, coordinating the company’s lubricant testing program in Las Vegas.

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Opening day in Singapore

Meeting energy demand at a macro level starts with a micro – or molecular – approach. ExxonMobil’s Singapore manufacturing facility is doing just that to meet Asia’s growing appetite for consumer products.

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Sitting in pole position

When race day results come down to the milliseconds, squeezing the most from the Formula 1 driver and car’s performance becomes crucial to finding success at the finish line.

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FAQ: Is natural gas the fuel of the future, TODAY?

A natural gas-powered train or bus or truck? And what about a cargo ship cruising on liquefied natural gas (LNG)? They all exist.

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The Las Vegas testing grounds for new motor oil

There’s nothing typical about Las Vegas. It’s an extravagant display of big lights and palpable energy in the middle of the Mojave Desert – a severe environment that is harsh on both people and the cars they drive.

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Creating the next generation of sustainable mobility

The vehicles of tomorrow are tethered to the boundary-pushing science and materials available today, and students of a preeminent engineering program are currently testing those limits as they design an ultra-efficient and sustainable vehicle for the future.

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5 small changes to maximize your car’s fuel

To drive is to consume fuel. But, there are some effective and sometimes surprising ways to curb your fuel consumption on the road. To learn how you can save time and money, check out these easy-to-follow tips.

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Finding breakthrough ideas for the next generation of electric vehicles

Ray McDonald is a chemical engineer within ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, responsible for helping develop lubes and grease for the next generation of electric vehicles. Part scientist and part futurist, McDonald works with a team to find solutions to elusive challenges that, if solved, will allow future drivers to go farther. Literally.

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How viscosity helps the engine go ’round

No matter the weather, your car is always expected to run without a problem. On hot, humid days you want to be able to crank that engine and get the A/C running stat. The same can be said for the reverse, when you jump into a freezing car and wait for the heat to circulate.

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FAQ: How often should you actually change your oil?

Along with ideal tire pressure, figuring out when you need to change your oil can raise many questions. It used to be that standard service providers suggested changing your oil every 3,000 miles. But today’s stronger oils require far fewer changes than previously recommended. How many fewer? Find out more ...

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Zero to 60 on less

From advanced engines to better aerodynamics, today’s cars are more efficient than their predecessors. Thanks to these improvements, over the next 20 years, car consumption (including SUVs and light trucks) is slated to average 50 miles per gallon (mpg), up from 30 mpg currently.

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Tested to win … your commute

The everyday commuting conditions during rush hour can be taxing when you’re late for work. But, under the hood, those brake-and-accelerator taps are nothing compared to the pedal-to-floor-stomping action on race day.

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