- Base Oils
OQ Chemicals launches new ester base oil for EV fluids
OQ Chemicals, based in Monheim am Rhein, Germany, introduced a new ester base oil specifically developed for electric vehicle (EV) fluids. Oxlube L7‑NPG enables lubricant manufacturers to formulate optimized e‑driveline lubricants that have low viscosity, a high flash point, and are readily biodegradable, the company said.
Formerly known as Oxea, OQ Chemicals is a global manufacturer of Oxo intermediates and Oxo performance chemicals such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. The company is part of OQ, an integrated energy company in Oman.
Because of the low friction, lubricants based on Oxlube L7‑NPG can contribute to higher energy efficiency and reduced wear and maintenance. In cooling applications such as e-motor cooling, Oxlube L7‑NPG shows excellent thermal and dielectric properties as well as high oxidative and hydrolytic stability, OQ Chemicals said in a press statement.
The new product is available in commercial quantities.
“Modern EV fluids must meet requirements that go beyond conventional lubrication. For instance, thermal and dielectric properties gain in importance. We engineered our new Oxlube L7-NPG to be an efficient base oil for novel e-driveline applications, where conductivity, heat transfer, and stability are of the essence. As an ester-based product, it has significant environmental advantages compared to mineral oil-based products. Especially its low viscosity and high flash point make Oxlube L7-NPG ideally suited for energy-efficient EV fluids,” said Svea Meuser, global marketing director, Acids at OQ Chemicals.
“Oxlube L7-NPG is the latest addition to OQ Chemicals’ range of base oils. We continue to support lubricant makers and additive companies so that they can formulate new products that are specifically tailored to the demanding requirements of EV applications. And given the capabilities of our cross-functional production platforms in Europe, Asia, and the United States, we can offer our customers high supply reliability,” said Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, CEO, OQ Chemicals.
Oxlube L7-NPG complements Oxlube L9-TMP, which is used as a co-solvent ester in engine oils as a drop-in replacement for the conventional C8/C10 acid-based TMP (Trimethylolpropane) ester.