Pilot Flying J Offers DEF at Pump

Knoxville, Tennessee-based Pilot Flying J now offers Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump at more than 600 fueling lanes at 135 nationwide locations, providing customers with the industry’s largest network of DEF at the pump.

With dozens of additional locations being added this fall, by October 1 Pilot Flying J will offer DEF at the pump at a total of more than 1,100 fuel lanes at 175 locations. By May 1, 2012, DEF will be available at 1,800 fuel lanes at 300 locations nationwide, Pilot Flying J recently announced in a press release.

DEF is required in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems on late model Diesel Pusher motorhomes built on a Freightliner or Spartan chassis and certain diesel trucks. The SCR systems are meant to reduce levels of nitrogen oxide in tailpipe emissions and DEF works to convert nitrogen oxide into pure nitrogen and water vapor. DEF will be in increasing demand because it is required in diesel chassis built after January 1, 2010, and equipped with SCR systems to meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tailpipe standards.

With this expanded service, Pilot Flying J allows drivers to dispense the fluid conveniently from the fuel island into the DEF tank of their motorhome or truck.

“The convenience of our customers is always our top priority, and we’re proud to offer them this extensive network of DEF dispensers at Pilot Flying J locations nationwide. More pumps, more locations, and more savings will make life easier for drivers everywhere,” said Mark Hazelwood, Pilot Flying J executive vice president.

Patrick Young, a driver for Prime, Inc, uses a new diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) pump at a Flying J truck stop to fill his DEF tank at the diesel island. Young was able to top-off his 14-gal DEF tank with 8 gallons from the new pump. (Credit: Michael Patrick/knoxnews.com)

“We recognize the requirements stemming from the 2010 emission reduction regulations and are doing everything we can to provide customers with fast, friendly, and clean service while meeting these requirements. By Oct. 1, DEF will be available at more than 1,100 diesel fuel lanes at Pilot Flying J locations across the country, and all DEF dispensed at the pump and sold in our stores is American Petroleum Institute-certified.”

At Pilot Flying J travel centers and travel plazas, DEF and fuel dispensers are located together on one pump, so customers swipe their card once to re-fuel, fill up with DEF, and get on their way. Drivers save time with just one stop at the fuel lane and only one transaction.

“We expect professional drivers will appreciate the convenience of the 1,100 at-the-pump DEF dispensers,” Hazelwood said. “They’ll save time without having to purchase and fill up using DEF bottles, also eliminating the need to carry and lift the 25-pound containers. With DEF at the pump, there’s less opportunity for spillage and possible equipment damage as spillage can cause corrosion to aluminum tanks. Offering DEF at the pump brings many advantages for our customers.”

Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America, and is one of the country’s largest wholesale fuel providers, delivering more than 500 million gallons of fuel to customers in 47 states and eight Canadian provinces. The multi-billion-dollar company formed in 2010 with the merger of Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Inc. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America. For a complete list of Pilot Flying J locations nationwide featuring DEF at the pump, click here.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a nontoxic solution of 67.5% water and 32.5% automotive grade urea. DEF is stable, colorless, and odorless and meets accepted international standards for purity and composition. DEF is used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems to change the oxides of nitrogen emissions in diesel exhaust into nitrogen gas and water vapor. SCR is an after-treatment technology that treats exhaust gas downstream of the engine by injecting DEF into the exhaust stream. The goal of an SCR system is to reduce levels of NOx (oxides of nitrogen emitted from engines) in the environment. Diesel engines purchased after Jan. 1, 2010, require the use of DEF in vehicles using SCR technology to reduce emissions and meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 tailpipe standards.

Worth Pondering…
Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.

—George Carlin

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