Outstanding Heat Transfer

Superior heat transfer to conventional coolants

Extended Life Capability

Up to 600,000 miles in Class 8 trucks*, up to 600,000 miles or 12,000 hours in other commercial applications, or 150,000 miles (6 years) in passenger cars and light trucks

Compatibility with Other Coolants

Miscible and compatible with other extended life AFC

Reduced Coolant Maintenance and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

No SCA or Extender Use Required for the life of the coolant; silicate free formulation leading to longer water pump life and no silica gel formation

OAT with Nitrite

Meets OEM guidelines and provides protection against cylinder liner pitting

The Shell Rotella® brand offers a complete product line of ELC and Fully Formulated engine coolants, designed to deliver:

  1. Protection against overheating – Excellent heat transfer properties allow heat to transfer more effectively, protect against freeze and boil-over and help keep engines running cool
  2. Corrosion protection – Corrosion inhibitor technology protects metals against all forms of corrosion
  3. Maintenance savings – Technology helps extend coolant life and prolong the life of seals, hoses and other cooling system components – helping reduce overall maintenance costs


Shell Rotella® ELC AFC – A premium, nitrited ELC in service as factory fill and service fill for over 15 years in a wide variety of engines and equipment. The nitrite ELC hybrid chemistry meets Caterpillar EC-1 requirements.

How Shell ROTELLA® Coolants Compare to Each Other

Relative Protection Against Freeze and Overheating

Shell ROTELLA® Coolant Benefits Shell ROTELLA® ELC Nitrite Free Shell ROTELLA® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free
Freeze and boil-over protection Best Best Best
Heat transfer Best Best Better
Anti-scaling properties Best Better Good

Protection of Engine and Cooling System Components from Corrosion

Shell ROTELLA® Coolant Benefits

Shell ROTELLA® ELC Nitrite Free

Shell ROTELLA® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free
Aluminum corrosion protection
Best Better Good
Copper/brass corrosion protection Best Better Good
Oxidation - thermal stability Best Better Good
Cylinder liner pitting corrosion protection
Best Best Best
Compatible with elastomers and seals
Best Better Better
Resistance to gel precipitate formation Best Best Good

Helps Reduce Overall Maintenance Costs

Shell ROTELLA® Coolant Benefits Shell ROTELLA® ELC Nitrite Free Shell ROTELLA® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free
Non-depleting inhibitors
Best Better Good
Maintenance (Testing, SCAs) Best Best Good
Service Life Best Best Good

*Cylinder liner protection maintained with addition of SCAs

Consult the latest Technical Data Sheets for current OEM specifications and approvals by visiting

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Extended coolant life—to 1,200,000 miles or 24,000 hours of operation1—reducing maintenance costs and downtime.

1Shell Rotella® ELC Nitrite Free may be used up to 1,200,000 miles or 24,000 hours of operation in Class 8 trucks reducing maintenance costs and downtime compared to conventional, fully formulated AFCs. Requires full use of Shell Rotella® ELC Nitrite-Free 50/50 Coolant + Antifreeze in the system and proper maintenance. Proper maintenance as detailed at  Follow OEM recommendations for specified maintenance. Passenger car maintenance and other commercial application requirements vary.

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