Servicing your car is one of the least exciting part of owning an automobile. It’s slow, messy and requires you to get dirty in the process as well.
To reduce this hassle and make automobile servicing a one step job, a company called Caltex is introducing a new system called Nexcel.
Nexcel is a Modular Oil Filter Technology that bypasses the manual drain and change filter process, and replaces it with a simple Cartridge Swap System, just like reloading a printer.
This cartridge places all the liquids needed by the car to operate smoothly in one place, thus removing the need for separate caps and fillers.
As soon as you replace the old cartridge with a new one, your car gets a whole new supply of fresh fluids, and removes the old ones at the same time.
Another benefit of this swap system is that the older fluids don’t go to waste, as they can be recycled and converted into various kinds of lubricants.
This creates savings not only in lubricant costs, but also in the CO2 emissions, which are reduced because the old oils aren’t left in the open to pollute the environment.
However, the biggest advantage of the cartridge based system is probably for the auto manufacturers who can cut down their service times drastically, thus allowing them to service more cars in less time.
Even if we look at it from a purely individualistic point of view, a regular person, who typically takes about 20 minutes to change the oil, would now be able to change it within 90 seconds, minus the mess.
This technology is definitely a win win for both car manufacturers and buyers. The only questions is, how long would it take for it to be adopted on a large scale.