Pilot plans DEF pump network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Travel Centers revealed plans for the rollout of 100 diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) “at-the-pump” locations.

Pilot’s initial plans call for the installation of 100 bulk dispensing pumps at locations spread out nationally and at a rate of 25 pumps per quarter beginning in the third quarter of 2009 through the second quarter of 2010.

The company will also carry pre-packaged supplies of DEF at all 350 Pilot retail stores.

“The maximum distance between any two of our locations will be 2,618 miles,” says Mark Hazelwood, executive vice-president for Pilot. “That is the distance between Milford, Conn. and Santa Nella, Calif. and it is also within the normal range for one tank of DEF on a Class 8 on-highway truck.”

The company expects to offer DEF “at-the-pump” at prices that are equal to or less than diesel fuel.

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