Aggressive Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales Pose a Threat to Lubricant Industry in The Longer Term
Electric vehicles do not have any internal combustion engine; their system is based on electric motor. There is nothing much to lubricate as there is no piston in the vehicle. This creates an uncertainty for the automotive lubricants industry and poses a question on the future of lubricants and additives manufacturers. Engine oil is the major lubricant used in gasoline and diesel engine vehiclesfor efficient functionality of the internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles do not require engine oil and this has created panic for big oil companies which manufacture engine oil and its additives. Currently global engine oil additives market is valued at $9.9bn, which can be dropped down in future if the sales of electric vehicles continue to rise. According to European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), electrically chargeable vehicle share can reach up to 8% by 2025 in the global market. In U.S., the sales of electric vehicles growing at an annual growth rate of 36.2% with 501,369 numbers (including PHEVs and HEVs) of vehicle sold in 2013.
The only satisfaction to the lubricants manufacturers is that, it will take long time for this new age vehicle to capture significant share in the automotive industry. Also the electric vehicles require grease for its rotating devices, so the opportunity or competition will exist on other lubricants like grease. Many lubricant manufacturers are investing on research and development to bring changes in the lubrication technology which can lower the emission of hazardous gases in the environment. However, in the longer term, they have to discover other opportunities in the market to save their presence.
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