Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total, and Philippe Boisseau, President of Total Supply & Marketing, officially inaugurated Thursday the Total stand at the Paris Motor Show. Romain Grosjean, driver with the Lotus F1 Team, was also present.
During this event Total showcased its activities, from Oil & Gas exploration-production to fuel marketing, refining and chemicals. The Group also spotlighted its commitment in solar and biomass and on tomorrow’s innovations to support automotive progress.
250 Researchers Developing Tomorrow’s Fuels Today
According to Total, the company has nearly 250 researchers in France developing automotive fuels, lubricants and oils.
Based in Solaize (69) and Gonfreville (76), the laboratory teams are devising future products tailored to new automotive technologies, to improve fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact. These laboratories are the Total Excellium line of premium fuels, designed to enhance fuel efficiency by up to 3%.
Total’s researchers are working on biofuels, ultra-low sulfur fuels, fuel economy lubricants, and special fuel additives to lower consumption and emissions. The Group is spending nearly €100 million on automotive fuel and lubricant R&D.
The same researchers develop the advanced fuels and lubricants used in motor racing.
Total’s commitment to motor racing alongside automakers Renault, Peugeot and Citroën and together with driver Romain Grosjean in Formula One racing, gives it a solid foundation of expertise on which to build the most efficient products today, which will be used daily by millions of drivers tomorrow, according to Total.