All gasolines are not the same.
In 1995 the EPA mandated the use of detergent control additives
in all gasolines to help prevent the build-up of carbon deposits
in engines, which can increase tailpipe emissions.
Today we estimate that 60% of fuels sold in the US are at
or near the minimum level of detergency allowed by law. However
years of vehicle testing by Shell has shown that the EPA minimum
level of detergency is not sufficient to prevent deposit build-up
in some cars. We have measured significant deposit build-up
in certain vehicles in as little as 5000 miles. Testing has
further shown that some of those vehicles can experience cold
start drivability problems as a result.
The image shows Intake Valves after a 5,000 mile Shell test
comparing Shell V-Power to a discount brand premium gasoline.
Click here for a larger image of the test
Shell regular and mid-grade gasolines contain more than twice
the amount of detergents required by the EPA. This level of
protection helps prevent the future build-up of carbon deposits
on your vehicle’s intake valves or fuel injectors. However,
if you use discount gasolines, you may already have intake
valve or fuel injector deposits, which may need to be cleaned
up. That is where Shell V-Power® comes in.
Shell V-Power®. Actively
cleans as you drive.
Shell V-Power®, our new premium gasoline, is the most
highly formulated gasoline we’ve ever developed. With
more than five times the minimum amount of cleaning agents
required by government standards it actively cleans your engine’s
intake valves as you drive. It’s now at Shell. With
continued use, Shell V-Power helps remove carbon deposits
and protect your engine from future deposites. Shell V-Power
is also recommended for vehicles that can benefit from higher
octane (check your owners manual for the octane level recommended
for your vehicle).
Shell V-Power®. Putting
it to the test.
Shell V-Power® is the result of a three-year development
program completed by Shell fuels experts in the US working
in conjunction with our global fuels design team. Using experience
gained from years of developing specialty fuels for Ferrari,
Shell V-Power was carefully designed to be safe and effective
for use in all vehicles. It was first tested in the lab on
vehicles run on chassis dynamometers. After successfully completing
this phase, Shell V-Power was tested for deposit clean up
on vehicles in normal service over the road . The vehicles
in the lab and road tests included new and old models, domestic
and imports, sedans and SUVs, representing a wide array of
manufacturers and engine types.
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