On their NextGen micro site Valvoline says,
There’s a lot of life left in used oil. Finished motor oil is generally made from 85% base oil and 15% additives. The “oil part” of motor oil doesn’t really wear out. As oil goes through the drain cycle in the engine, it’s the additives that wear out. At the same time, contaminants like fuel, metals and sludge build-up in the oil. But the vast majority of oil molecules do not breakdown and are fully usable. The recycled oil in NextGen goes through a multi-stage refining process to remove contaminants and additives to create fresh base oil. Then Valvoline adds-in award-winning chemistry to create new oil performance that’s 50% recycled.
Worried about how it will affect your engine?
Don’t be. Valvoline formulated NextGen recycled motor oil to meet reach the exact same levels of performance as their traditional motor oils. Valvoline says their NextGen oil exceeds industry standards in Sludge and Wear Protection by more than double the requirements, and exceeds Viscosity Protection requirements by nearly double.
Let me put it this way…I was sold on it enough to use NextGen for my vehicle’s oil change just this past Tuesday.
Even still, many people will be hesitant to jump right in with Valvoline’s NextGen oil, largely due to the fact that the recycled motor oil of old sucked pretty hard (to put it nicely). That very sentiment even got the attention of NPR when they talked about Valvoline’s NextGen recycled oil with Valvoline VP, Thom Smith, and 3rd party oil analyst, Terry Dyson.
Check out the audio:
What do you think about Valvoline’s recycled NextGen oil and would you use it for your next oil change? If you did want to try it out, you will NOT pay an eco-premium for it…which means we’re going to go ahead and stamp it Eco-Snobbery Sucks approved.
True, it does cost $5 more per oil change for the NextGen (vs the traditional conventional or synthetic motor oils), but given the research and infrastructure that had to be created to effectively recycle the used oil into NextGen oil, $5 extra is hardly a hefty “green tax”. And until September 30th, 2011, you can even get a $10 rebate on your NextGen oil change…so you’ll actually save money over a traditional oil.