Using Re-Refined Oils
Aug 7, 12 | by: Bruce Smith
“Used” oil making a complete cycle back into vehicles; Eco-friendly lubricants such as ECO ULTRA provide benefits on multiple fronts
Putting re-cycled engine oil into your fleet’s pickups might not sound like a good idea.
But that trend is rapidly picking up the pace as fleet mangers see the benefits and the quality of these new Eco-friendly lubricants. One such brand is ECO ULTRA, produced by Universal Lubricants in Wichita, KS.
ECO ULTRA is an American Petroleum Institute (API) licensed line of automotive and industrial lubricants that rely on used oil as feedstock to its re-refinery that produces top quality sustainable base oil.
This re-refined oil meets Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) specifications and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) requirements.
It’s increasingly being selected as the motor oil of choice for a growing number of auto dealerships and fleets across the country.Of a typical 42-gallon barrel of crude oil, only one-half gallon is suitable for lubricating purposes.
As such, it takes two barrels of crude to produce one gallon of motor oil. By choosing ECO ULTRA, Superior Honda of Omaha’s customers have eliminated the need for more than 4,000 barrels of crude.
“The reasons to opt for motor oil made from re-refined base oil are compelling,” said Tim Twight, Superior Honda of Omaha’s Service Manager.
“There’s the performance aspect: the quality of a motor oil is determined by the sophistication of the re-refining technology along with its additive package.
“This means products like ECO ULTRA that undergo a four-step re-refining process and use the best additives available offer the same, if not better, engine protection compared to any traditional name brand,” says Twight.
“What’s more, using ECO ULTRA helps conserve significant amounts of energy, both through a manufacturing process that consumes less energy and by preserving supplies of crude oil for other uses. If that’s not compelling enough, we tell our customers that bottom-line, we pick ECO ULTRA for our own cars and trucks.”
The U.S. produces approximately 1.1 billion gallons of used motor oil every year. Approximately 880 million gallons is recovered for re-use, the reminder is unaccounted for, likely disposed of improperly, damaging the environment.
The majority of what is recovered is burned as an industrial fuel, leaving approximately 220 million gallons available for re-refining.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages the recovery and re-generation of used oils into recycled products, and lists re-refining as the most preferred environmental option for used motor oil.
Through Universal Lubricants’ Closed Loop Process™, every element in the life cycle of used oil is carefully controlled. It collects, re-refines, blends, packages and redistributes its own oil, including the ECO ULTRA® line — without ever losing guardianship within the chain — in an infinitely repeatable, sustainable cycle.
UL’s process of re-refining altogether requires up to 89 percent less energy than refining crude oil to produce lubricant products.