Pilot Travel Centers Opens First DEF Pumps

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Pilot Travel Centers Opens First DEF Pumps

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Travel Centers opened the first two diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) pumps in the country, according to PickupTrucks.com. These pumps are located on both coasts, in Brooks, Ore., and Charlotte, N.C., to service trucks traveling cross-country, and the DEF is priced at $2.79 a gallon, the report stated.

DEF is for diesel-powered trucks that use urea selective catalytic reduction to meet new EPA limits on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, which go into effect Jan. 1, and all new diesels built after that date will have to reduce allowable NOx levels by 90 percent from today’s levels, PickupTrucks.com reported.

DEF is a urea-based solution (32.5 percent industrial urea and 67.5 percent deionized water) that's injected as a fine mist into the engine’s hot exhaust gases. The heat turns the urea into ammonia, and when combined with a special catalytic converter, breaks the NOx down into nitrogen gas and water vapor, the report stated.

Pilot will install 100 DEF pumps throughout the U.S. by the middle of 2010, the company reported.

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