On December 30, 2016, API will discontinue licensing gasoline engine oils to use the “Energy Conserving” designation in conjunction with API SL and API SM. API’s action to cease licensing the Energy Conserving designation became necessary after ASTM D02.B0 notified API that the Sequence VIB test used to validate Energy Conserving performance is no longer available.
Specific information on how API’s decision will affect licenses is provided below:
- API has ceased licensing new oils to display the Energy Conserving designation.
- After December 30, 2016, currently licensed oil marketers will not be permitted to use Energy Conserving inside the API Service Symbol “Donut” used on labels, web sites or promotional documentation.
- Oils claiming API SL or API SM will remain on API licenses, but the licenses will no longer indicate licensing for the Energy Conserving designation.
Starting December 21, API will begin the process of withdrawing products that have not already been withdrawn by the licensees. As a result, contacts may receive many email notifications indicating that a product claiming Energy Conserving was withdrawn.
API strongly encourages licensees to review these individual notifications to ensure that your products remain licensed to your satisfaction.
You may direct any concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org via email.