Valvoline Inc. last Wednesday introduced Valvoline™ Premium Blue One Solution™ 9200, a “universal” engine oil approved for use in natural gas, API CK-4 application diesel and API SN application gas engines for fleets operating multiple truck engine types. Available in SAE 10W-30 and 15W-40 viscosity grades, it is endorsed by Cummins and meets the new Cummins CES 20092 spec for natural gas engines, as well as CES 20086 and CES 20085 approvals. It also meets Mack EOS-4.5, Volvo VDS-4.5, and Detroit Diesel DFS 93K222 specs.
"The purpose of Premium Blue One Solution is to dramatically simplify the fill process for fleet managers, enabling one proven product to be used across a number of engine applications," said David Young, vice president of Valvoline Heavy Duty. "We've taken our innovation to the next step in terms of natural gas engine oil, bringing a new brand product to the marketplace."
The new Premium Blue One Solution was officially unveiled at a press conference during the TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.
"In our 150-plus years, we have consistently focused on innovation to develop better products and solve the business challenges of our customers," said Heidi Matheys, Valvoline chief marketing officer. "With One Solution, we are pleased to introduce another unique product to the industry."
Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution was initially developed as part of Valvoline's close relationship with Cummins Westport (CWI), which has introduced a new series of low-emission engines. Through that partnership, Valvoline created an engine oil that is the recommended product for those Cummins engines — and can also be used in engines from other manufacturers.
"Our customers have been very clear that a high-performance engine oil compatible with both mobile natural gas and diesel engines would be a critical benefit to their bottom line. Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution meets that need," said Yemane Gessesse, CWI director of engineering. "From a technology standpoint, this a huge advancement in the engine oil industry."
"While there were previously oils in the marketplace that could be used in diesel and gas engines, there was not one approved across all fuel types – until now," Young added. "With this product, manufacturers across multiple engine types can be confident in the selection of Premium Blue One Solution to elevate performance and extend protection."
In terms of pricing, Valvoline said its Premium Blue One Solution – which is only being sold in bulk right now – will be at a “similar” price point for natural gas-only motor oils but will more expensive than either diesel- or gasoline-only oils.