If your Hudson Valley business uses vehicles with diesel engines like commercial trucks, vans, buses and shuttles, you need diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to keep them running properly.
Depew Energy sells ArmorBlue DEF. Our commercial fuels experts can work with you to determine your DEF needs based on how much diesel fuel your vehicles consume. On average, for every 50 gallons of diesel fuel used, you will need on gallon of DEF.
Keep reading to learn more about diesel exhaust fluid.
Diesel exhaust fluid is a liquid used to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from diesel engines.
DEF is made with 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water. It became necessary here in the United States after new emissions standards were introduced in 2010.
Manufacturers of diesel vehicles use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to remove almost all the nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions from a diesel engine.
Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and contributor to climate change, and diesel exhaust is traced to respiratory and cardiac health problems.
DEF is sprayed into the exhaust of a diesel engine with SCR technology. It breaks down the NOx gases into harmless nitrogen and water.
While there was some pushback when new vehicles requiring DEF came out, people and businesses are discovering the benefits DEF brings, not only to the environment but also to their bottom line!
Using DEF is better for your workers. The particulate matter and nitrogen oxide in diesel emissions without DEF can contribute to all sorts of health problems like asthma, cardiovascular disease and chronic bronchitis.
The emissions standards that created the need for diesel trucks and equipment to use DEF can help prevent thousands of premature deaths and hospitalizations, as well as more than 1 million workdays lost due to illness.
All of these factors combined can save American businesses more than $70 billion by 2030.
DEF is also better for your vehicles, as it gets rid of the emissions in your engine after combustion. This gives your vehicle engines more power while reducing maintenance and repair costs. These benefits can help extend your vehicles’ lifespan and reduce fuel expenses by about 5%!
On average, DEF has a shelf life of about two years. But that can be shortened by factors such as exposure to sunlight or stored in an area with consistently high temperatures.
Contact us to find out more about our diesel exhaust fluid services!