Transforming transportation

Continuing to reduce emissions today and into the future

Transforming transportation
Whether it’s in our neighborhoods or around the world, more people and more goods are moving faster than ever before – by cars, trucks, ships and planes. Meeting global transportation needs while managing emissions requires multiple solutions. ExxonMobil takes a comprehensive, science-based approach to drive efficiencies to ultimately help decarbonize transportation.

High-performance sustainability

Today, transportation accounts for about 25 percent of CO2 emissions. ExxonMobil offers a range of products — including lightweight materials and advanced lubricants and fuels — that improve performance, durability and efficiency to drive down emissions.

The vital task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the transportation sector requires a portfolio of solutions. Discover the lower-emission fuel alternatives ExxonMobil is working on to help power the future of transportation.

Lowering emissions across all sectors

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Continuing to reduce our footprint at every turn

The work behind improving the energy system that enables transportation is often overlooked. Behind the scenes, our scientists and engineers are developing a portfolio of solutions to help improve performance, lower emissions and provide the reliable and affordable energy that helps support human progress. 
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ExxonMobil’s aviation fuels and lubricants provide high-performance reliability

ExxonMobil was there when aviation took off, supplying oil to power the Wright Brothers' first flight. Today, more than a century later, we continue to support modern aviation with a suite of high-performance products that help boost efficiency and durability.

A complete solution

From nose to tail, ExxonMobil’s aviation fuels, jet oils, hydraulic fluids and greases improve performance, helping aircraft spend more time in the air and less time on the ground. Learn more
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Partnerships and collaborations

We constantly look for new ideas. Our engineers and scientists collaborate with other companies and organizations to find ways to improve efficiency and help lower emissions for several modes of transportation.


ExxonMobil and BioAccelergy are collaborating to explore manufacturing bio-base stocks, which can help create high-performance lubricants that improve fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
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Porsche and ExxonMobil are collaborating on a renewable eFuel made from hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide. Learn more

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With Clemson University, ExxonMobil scientists and engineers are developing tomorrow’s lower-emission vehicles. Learn more
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A deeper dive

Renewable diesel for our changing world

Diesel plays a critical role in enabling modern life. This high-energy fuel packs the power needed for trucking, aviation and maritime transportation – which help move people around the world, and goods from manufacturing sites to our doorsteps.

Lower-emission transportation Energy Factor April 7, 2022

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The future of transportation fuels

The vital task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the transportation sector requires a portfolio of solutions. Discover the lower-emission fuel alternatives ExxonMobil is working on to help power the future of transportation.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor Feb. 11, 2022

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A bio-fueled future, with Tim McMinn

Energy Factor recently spoke with Tim McMinn, a senior technology advisor at ExxonMobil with more than 23 years of experience with the company — a member of the leadership team in the company’s Low Carbon Solutions business. In this interview, Tim talks about ExxonMobil’s work with low-emission fuels.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor Jan. 26, 2022

ExxonMobil expands interest in biofuels, acquires stake in Biojet AS

IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil is expanding its interests in biofuels that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, acquiring a 49.9% stake in Biojet AS, a Norwegian biofuels company that plans to convert forestry and wood-based construction waste into lower-emissions biofuels and biofuel components.

Newsroom News Jan. 11, 2022

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.

Automotive Energy Factor May 20, 2021

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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.

Automotive Energy Factor Feb. 27, 2020

From farm leftovers to biofuel

Imagine turning agricultural leftovers into low-emission biofuel. That is, taking plant parts like inedible cornstalks and fueling our cars, trucks, boats and planes. ExxonMobil and its partners at Clariant and Genomatica are working together as part of an ambitious research program to do just that.

Trucking Energy Factor Feb. 13, 2020

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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.

Automotive Energy Factor Jan. 9, 2020

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.

Automotive Energy Factor Dec. 16, 2019

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?

Automotive Energy Factor Nov. 19, 2019

One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations

No single company, organization or institution has all the answers when it comes to developing tomorrow’s low-emission energy. That’s why global energy company ExxonMobil is partnering with a range of organizations – including a leading biotechnology company to develop next-generation biofuels and a boutique technology company looking to vacuum carbon dioxide straight from the sky.

Aviation Energy Factor Oct. 25, 2019

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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.

Automotive Energy Factor Oct. 10, 2019

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.

Automotive Energy Factor Sept. 27, 2019

Researching solutions for lower emissions

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

Automotive Energy Factor Sept. 23, 2019

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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.

Automotive Energy Factor Aug. 13, 2019

From petri dish to pond: Algae farming, in pictures

Researching algae takes science, sunshine, some very large ponds and the right kind of algae. Scaling algae production to have the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel a day is an ambitious target.

Shipping Energy Factor Aug. 2, 2019

Patrick Hanks: Algae engineer

If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be farming algae with the hope of creating a reliable, low-emission energy source, I probably would have been a little skeptical. But that’s exactly what I do. I’m a chemical engineer, and my job, like every engineer, is to solve problems for a better future.

Shipping Energy Factor July 22, 2019

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.

Automotive Energy Factor July 22, 2019

Partnering with outside minds to transform energy

To meet the world’s ever-growing energy demand and reduce the risk of climate change, ExxonMobil is forging research partnerships across industries and academia. Two areas of focus include the development of low-emission biofuels and of cost-effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Shipping Energy Factor June 28, 2019

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.

Automotive Energy Factor June 13, 2019

Working on tomorrow’s biofuel

Viridos, Inc. (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc.) and ExxonMobil have worked together for a decade now, driven by a single goal: Create a pathway to refine algae oils into low-emission diesel that can power trucks, boats, even planes.

Aviation Energy Factor May 28, 2019

Investing on dry land to reduce emissions at sea

The world’s fleet of cargo ships plays a vital role in our lives, as almost 90 percent of international cargo gets delivered by sea. From food to furniture, and fuel to pharmaceuticals – if you buy a product which came from another country, it is likely to have travelled by cargo ship.

Shipping Energy Factor May 23, 2019

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.

Automotive Energy Factor May 14, 2019

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.

Automotive Energy Factor May 7, 2019