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New soy-based motor oil now available for vehicles


U.S. soybean growers are constantly looking for new avenues to use their products. Biosynthetic Technologies announced the commercial availability of a high-performing biobased synthetic motor oil using high-oleic soybean oil from soybeans grown by U.S. farmers.

The Department of Defense and Washington, D.C.-area fleet demonstrations found the product meets or exceeds their performance requirements. Biosynthetic Technologies’ motor oil is also recognized as a United States Department of Agriculture Certified Biobased Product meeting the federally mandated purchasing initiative known as the “BioPreferred Program.”

The United Soybean Board and USDA have supported the soy-based, drop-in, synthetic alternative to petroleum-based motor oil. The biobased alternative is well suited for high-temperature automotive and industrial applications. USB introduced the product to multiple Washington, D.C.-region fleets, including DC Water that field tested the motor oil. DC Water concluded the test to be successful with the biobased motor oil, demonstrating strong performance, improved fuel efficiency, and cleaner engines when compared to the petroleum-based oil they had previously used.

“At DC Water, we are always looking for innovative options that can help improve the sustainability of our fleet without sacrificing performance or increasing costs,” said Tim Fitzgerald, director of fleet management for DC Water. “This biobased motor oil exceeded our expectations in terms of performance and engine cleanliness. The oil samples have shown increased longevity and stability over time, while the equipment appears to be cleaner, which is a definite plus for us. The oil is less harmful to the environment and I see real potential for greater use of this biobased alternative in the future.”

As of today Biosynthetic fully synthetic motor oil, 5W20 and 5W30 is available for purchase at

“Through the soybean checkoff, U.S. soybean growers have supported the innovation of both high-oleic soybeans as well as this motor oil made with them,” said USB Director Greg Fujan, a soybean grower from Weston, Neb. “USB investments contributed to these results that increase demand for U.S. soybeans while offering a new high-performing American-made motor oil for millions of vehicles.”

“We are extremely proud to launch our new line of high-performance motor oils manufactured with high-oleic soybean oil from soybeans grown by U.S. farmers. Our motor oils are certified by the American Petroleum Institute and not only do they reduce sludge and varnish, they improve fuel economy and provide environmental benefits for renewability and biodegradability as well,” says Mark Miller, CEO at Biosynthetic Technologies. 

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