GotQuestions? PC-11, The New Engine Oils

Q. Are the new CK-4 and FA-4 oils expected to be more expensive to the customers?

September 29, 2016

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A. There are a number of factors that can influence the price of oil, so it is difficult to generalize. One thing that we understand well is that most of our customers are running a business. Our objective is to understand how their fluid selection best integrates into their operation and how it can positively affect their bottom line. This includes selecting a product that meets the technical requirements of all of the hardware they utilize, as well as considering the potential advantages of longer maintenance interval and improved fuel efficiency.

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Shawn Whitacre

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Senior Staff Engineer

Shawn’s career spans nearly 20 years focused exclusively on research and engineering dealing with heavy-duty engine lubricants, fuels, and materials. Before joining Chevron in 2013, he spent 12 years leading global fluids and materials engineering activities for Cummins. He also spent five years conducting lubricant, fuel, and emission research for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. At Chevron, he is a Senior Staff Engineer primarily responsible for product formulation of the Delo Brand of Heavy Duty Engine Oils. He is currently the lead formulator responsible for development of Chevron’s PC-11 product line upgrade. Whitacre is the new chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel, which is tasked with the final development of the Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) requirements that take effect in late 2016.

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