Pilot’s first fuel island DEF pump now in service

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BROOKS, Ore. — The first of Pilot Travel Centers’ fuel island diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) pumps is now in service.


The company has begun rolling out its DEF infrastructure in anticipation of the fueling needs of trucks using selective catalyic reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment to comply with EPA2010 emissions standards.


The first such DEF fuel island pump to be put into service is located at a Pilot in Brooks, Ore.


“The installation and operation of the first DEF pump marks a major milestone for Pilot and the commercial vehicle industry,” said Mark Hazelwood, executive vice-president for Pilot Travel Centers. “Buying and dispensing DEF in bulk quantities allows for greater handling efficiencies and more effective DEF pricing for our customers. This adds to the economic payback of using SCR which is proven to provide up to 5% in fuel efficiency while reducing emissions to near-zero levels at the tailpipe.”


Initial pricing at the first Pilot fuel island is US$2.79/gallon – comparable to the price of diesel. Pilot says it will install 100 bulk dispensing pumps at a rate of 25 per quarter beginning in the third quarter of 2009.

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