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READY FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

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Vehicle fleets around the globe are changing: While under the hood the choice of available powertrain technologies has significantly expanded, new systems to assist the driver are making their way into the cabin. This also brings new requirements for the fluids that are crucial to ensure the vehicles smooth operation. Always thinking ahead and thus now 'ready for new beginnings', BASF's Fuel and Lubricant Solutions has the solutions required to enable the future of mobility.
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Coolants

Keeping it cool under the hood

Advancements in internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies continue to be explored. Meanwhile, battery electric vehicles (BEV), fuel cell vehicles (FCV) and hybrid technologies (FHEV & PHEV) have also entered onto the stage, leading to quite a diverse mix of powertrains on the road. However, no matter what technology is under your hood, rest assured, that with the right coolant from BASF there will be nothing to ever sweat about.
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Fuel Cell

BASF has developed a coolant especially for fuel cells to support the current advancements in fuel cell technologies. GLYSANTIN® FC G20 Ready Mix provides the renowned triple protection against corrosion, overheating and frost while also delivering extremely low electrical conductivity. Therefore, it can be used with ion exchange resins in the fuel cell cooling system. Compared to non-inhibited glycol water mixtures the product continually maintains a low electrical conductivity, and by doing so, secures the electrical safety of the system and reduces loss of energy.

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Fully Electric

Many of BASF’s traditional coolant products are already successfully used in electric vehicles. Products such as GLYSANTIN® G30®, G40®, G48®, G64® and G65® help to keep electric vehicles in their ideal thermal window and enable optimum driving range. These products do not only offer excellent stability at high temperatures, but they also effectively prevent corrosion in a broad temperature window. As a result, good passivation is achieved in the low temperature cooling circuits for the battery pack as well as in circuits of higher temperatures, e.g., for the electric engine. Beyond that, BASF is developing a dedicated product family for electric vehicles to meet critical requirements in safety, performance, and lifetime of the respective powertrain technology. Coolants from the GLYSANTIN® ELECTRIFIED product family effectively protect against corrosion and deposits in the thermal management system with its vital parts, the cooling plate and channels, heat sinks, chillers, radiators, and the water pump. The low electrical conductivity of these coolants is a critical measure for improved safety performance but also an enabler for new cooling concepts.
 

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Internal Combustion

In order to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions of combustion engines, smaller, lighter and hotter engines are being developed. New construction materials are being used in the manufacture of the engine cooling system. Other drivers are legislative requirements (e.g., REACH) regarding the components used in the final product. As a result, problems are observed in modern engine coolant systems, e.g., deposits, reduced functionality of the heat exchanger and increased corrosion. This requires new breakthrough technologies when it comes to future engine coolant solutions. GLYSANTIN® G64® and GLYSANTIN® G65® not only exceed all technical requirements and fulfill the demanding legislative requirements but also sets a new benchmark for the sustainable protection of modern engines.

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Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Hybrid electric vehicles represent the most complex challenge from a thermal management point of view. The internal combustion engine (ICE) requires coolants with excellent heat transfer properties while the power electronics, the electric engine, and the battery pack will operate at significantly lower temperatures. Here, coolants with a broad thermal functionality window are the key. Products such as GLYSANTIN® G40®, G64® and G65® work effectively in a broad temperature window, allowing for outstanding heat transfer and corrosion protection in the high temperature cooling circuit of the ICE as well the low temperature cooling circuit for the battery pack.

Brake Fluids

Putting a stop to things when needed

Assisted and eventually autonomous driving are either already reality or about to soon become. While for the driver this reduces strain, it adds to the one imposed on the vehicles systems. Especially as electronic systems such as distance control, safety braking, etc. are becoming more and more complex, the demand on the braking system and the brake fluid also increases. As a pioneer of automotive safety we normally like moving in the fast lane but in this particular case our ambition is clear: Help to always put a safe stop to things - of course only when needed. 
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Enhanced Safety Intelligence (ESI)

Brake fluids are a crucial safety factor – they must ensure fast signal processing and breaking reactions. A low viscosity is crucial here. With a viscosity that is more than 50% lower than standard products, and exceeds international requirements, BASF's brake fluid for enhanced safety intelligence, HYDRAULAN® 406 ESI, significantly improves braking safety – even under difficult conditions. 

 

Enhanced safety is also provided by the product’s higher boiling points and its reduced low temperature viscosity. HYDRAULAN® 406 ESI is a brake fluid that covers all the specifications of DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5.1 NONSILICONE BASE and SAE J 1704 Low Viscosity. 

 

With the continuing technological advancement of brake systems and automated safety systems, lubricity will become an essential factor when selecting an appropriate brake fluid. Here, HYDRAULAN® 406 ESI has been formulated to provide superior lubrication and therefore extend the durability of the whole brake system.

Components for Lubricants

Innovating for Smooth Movement Forward

In order to address the diverse and still emerging requirements of lubricants in electrical vehicles new generations of fluids will be required. Fluids must combine properties such asas low viscosity, high thermal stability and thermal conductivity, desired electrical properties, copper corrosion protection and good material compatibility. With our established expertise in chemistry and lubricant solutions, we are committed to support our customers and partners in tackling the current and future challenges of lubricants for electromobility - enabling smooth movement forward.
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Ester Basestocks

Fluids for e-vehicles require different base oil concepts to meet low viscosity targets, improved thermal and oxidative stability and electrical conductivity.
 

SYNATIVE® ester base oils can help to meet future requirements, providing

  • Low viscosities
  • Superior thermal and oxidative stability
  • Excellent thermal and dielectrical properties
  • Non-toxicity, biodegradability and up to 100% renewable feedstocks
  • Low volatility


Ester base oils are the most versatile type of base oil technologies and can be tailored to your specific needs. With our ester base oils, we are offering a broad and diverse synthetic base oil portfolio with a unique combination of properties required for future e-fluids and a wide variety of ester technologies. Our ester base oils are ideal for formulating next generation motor, e-axle and gearbox fluids and lubricants for electric vehicles.

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Polyalkylene Glycols

Fluids for e-vehicles require different base oil concepts to meet low viscosity targets, improved thermal and oxidative stability and electrical conductivity.
 

BREOX® polyalkylene glycols (PAGs) can help to meet future thermal management requirements, including

  • High heat conductivity for improved thermal management
  • Ultra-low friction coefficients for high efficiency
  • Low wear scar for optimal equipment protection


Low viscosity Polyalkylene Glycols offer high performance and desired properties to develop future e-fluids and can be used to formulate next generation e-motor, e-axle and gearbox lubricants. PAGs can enable features such as higher mileage and protection of batteries as well as long lasting equipment lifetime and fill for life requirements. With our broad portfolio of water soluble and water insoluble PAGs combined with strong expertise in tribology and chemistry, we are committed to support you to solve current and future technical challenges.

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Refrigeration Esters

Depending on the e-vehicle design, air conditioner compressors can also be used for heating and supportive direct and indirect battery cooling.
 

SYNATIVE® refrigeration esters as base oils in A/C compressor lubricants can help to improve overall thermal management and deliver

  • Battery efficiency if A/C is used for the entire thermal management in the car
  • Support of direct or indirect cooling/heating of the battery by providing high energy efficiency
     

BASF's refrigeration esters deliver superior performance, excellent hydrolytic and oxidative stability also under severe operation conditions and can contribute to high battery efficiency and improved thermal management of e-vehicles. Our solutions can be customized and tailored to your specific needs.

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Energy Efficient Basestocks (EEB)

Friction performance of transmission fluids can significantly contribute to reduced CO2 footprint of e-vehicles.
 

SYNATIVE® EEB technology can help to meet CO2 targets by enabling

  • Improved friction performance of a transmission oil
  • Compatibility with low viscosity Group I to Group IV oils
  • High heat conductivity
     

BASF has developed a novel base stock technology with unique polyether-based hybrid structure. Parts of the molecular structure contribute to outstanding frictional behavior, exceeding PAO performance, while other parts help to achieve compatibility with hydrocarbon oils. The new high-performance technology can be used in various automotive applications, including transmission lubricants, gear oils and greases and enable potential CO2 savings and improved thermal management.

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Metal deactivators to prevent copper corrosion

Depending on the driveline concept, copper windings are immersed permanently into the lubricant: Excellent corrosion protection is needed.
 

IRGAMET® yellow metal corrosion protection additives can help to meet future requirements as, for examaple, excellent copper corrosion protection in ASTM D130 even at elevated temperatures.
 

Leveraging its technical expertise and application know-how, BASF is a competent partner to identify optimum corrosion protection and manage regulatory profile of every e-driveline lubricant.

Get the best out of your next generation drivetrains by collaborating with us to develop new solutions for future mobility.

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