Mobility isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. People increasingly depend on reliable transportation to commute to work, visit friends or family, and access the food, goods and services they depend on to live.

As the population grows and more people in developing economies can afford them, the number of cars in the world is expected to more than double to 1.7 billion between 2010 and 2040 (ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy). In meeting this demand, the automotive industry needs to balance a number of trends, including enhanced design, better performance, higher safety, improved reliability, end of vehicle life disposal, recycling and lower costs, at a time when the pressure to reduce the environmental impact of cars has never been so great.

Working closely with global automakers, parts manufacturers, tire companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and trade associations like the American Chemistry Council Auto Group, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and The Plastics Industry Association (SPI), we are committed to helping the industry develop high-performance, sustainable solutions.

Our products are playing an increasingly vital part in the automotive industry’s drive to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through lower weight cars, enhanced engine efficiency and tires that perform better. These products can also help reduce energy use and improve scrap recycling during manufacturing (see examples below).

Solutions include:

  • the lower density of Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), combined with thinner walls, enables the weight of air ducts to be reduced by 44% compared to chloroprene rubber (ExxonMobil Chemical product data)
  • Mobil 1™ Advanced Fuel Economy synthetic motor oils deliver up to 2% fuel economy improvement compared to those viscosity grades most commonly used, which translates into 12 more miles on a 20-gallon gas tank. Over a year, this translates to saving enough fuel to drive from Boston to Philadelphia (Mobil 1 product data)
  • Jayflex™ plasticizers enable a lower wall thickness for flexible wire and cable insulation which can reduce weight by up to 50% as compared to polypropylene, polyamide or some polyethylene formulations (ExxonMobil Chemical product data)
  • Paxon™ high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins can decrease the weight of fuel tanks by 20-30% as compared to metal tanks (ExxonMobil Chemical product data) 
  • using Exxon™ butyl polymers in tire innerliners delivers better air retention for decreased rolling resistance. Reducing rolling resistance by 10% improves fuel economy by 1.6% (ExxonMobil Chemical product data)
  • Exxtral™ thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) can help reduce the weight of polypropylene (PP) car door panels. A weight reduction of up to a 7% can be achieved using a 10% talc reinforced PP as compared to a 20% formulation (ExxonMobil Chemical product data)

Our performance products are enabling the development of high-quality solutions for the global automotive industry.

*U.S. Department of Energy, 2001; National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2008.