California city fleet changes oil filters

The city of Oxnard, CA, has converted its entire vehicle fleet to the microGreen Extended Performance oil filter from SOMS Technologies

The city of Oxnard, CA, has converted its entire vehicle fleet to the microGreen Extended Performance oil filter from SOMS Technologies.

Based on the results of a one-year test program, Oxnard anticipates oil and labor savings of $145,000 a year and a reduction of 24,000 quarts of oil.

“After extensive testing utilizing scientific oil analysis, we are excited to adopt the microGreen filter program for our fleet,” said Daniel Berlenbach, fleet services manager. “Implementing new technologies that help our municipality reduce its operating costs and positively impact the environment is very important to us.”

The filter is a spin-on unit fitting most light vehicles and fleet vehicles up to Class 6. According to SOMS, the filters reduce oil maintenance costs by 65%, cut the use of motor oil by 70% and slice the number of filter changes in half. Its filtration system includes a patented microfilter to capture particles down to 2 microns in size. Oil changes can be extended up to 30,000 miles with use of the filter, SOMS said.

“The city of Oxnard is a leader among municipal fleets in the U.S. in technological advancements and the first West Coast fleet to convert to our product,” said Steve Kirchner,

COO, SOMS Technologies. “We are very pleased to be able to work with the city to help them achieve their maintenance costs and environmental objectives.”

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