Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs

Ahead of the curve with retail AdBlue packs

This story first appeared in the June issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Independent fuel retailer Gasoline Alley Services Ltd (GAS) has a unique claim to fame by becoming the first retail fuel network to offer AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) in take away packs to both fleet and private vehicle users nationwide.

GAS managing director Tim Ellis told DIESELtalk the company saw the opportunity to be ahead of the curve, by sending out stock of 10-litre and 20-litre AdBlue packs to all 123 GAS sites across New Zealand at the end of last year.

GAS is partnering with its supplier ChemSafe Industries Manufacturing Ltd (Chemsafe) in this market initiative as it sees there will be a growing need for AdBlue DEF as more light commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) enter service in the national fleet.

“We saw that this development in the diesel market was not a fad, AdBlue is here to stay, but not many people yet know that it’s available at their local GAS,” says Ellis.

“We are proud to say that GAS is fully ready for the expected expansion of SCR equipped vehicles in New Zealand, and no other network in the country can say this,” says Ellis, “and we believe we are the only network so far to stock the product nationwide.”

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is now used by 100% of heavy trucks entering the New Zealand market, and it is also increasingly used widespread in diesel powered agricultural, construction, forestry, and mining equipment.

Also, the technology is increasingly used now in New Zealand’s diesel passenger and light commercial market, with vehicles such as the new Ford Everest, the new Toyota Hilux, as well as various Volkswagen, Peugeot, Citroen, DS, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz models all adopting it.

There are also new 4-litre AdBlue packs now available. These have been developed by ChemsSafe Industries, with no spill connections specifically designed for passenger and light commercial vehicle applications, to make the top-up process as easy and straightforward as possible. Ellis intends that these too will quickly spread around the GAS network.

As well as the new 4-litre pack, and the 10-litre, and 20-litre packs of AdBlue, GAS can also offer larger quantities including delivery of 200 litre drums and 1000-litre IBC units to clients premises, if required.

The Ford Everest (as pictured here at GAS Tuakau with Tim Ellis and ChemSafe Group director Rod Simmonds) has an 18 litre AdBlue holding tank positioned alongside the much larger 78 litre diesel tank.

The safe fill level for this tank is 16.5 litres, and New Zealand driving conditions imply this will need to be topped up when it drops to a level of 25% – approximately four litres – and a range of 3000 to 4000kms.

It is essential that the driver doesn’t run a vehicle dry of AdBlue, and most vehicles will give plenty of notice when the tank is running low, and some vehicles may not even allow the driver to start the engine if the AdBlue tank is below the required level.

Around 18% of the heavy truck fleet currently uses DEF, consuming between 12 and 14 million litres of product per year. In the next five years as more new trucks enter the heavy fleet, it is estimated the New Zealand market will require around 50 million litres of DEF each year.

Ellis says the independently-operated group of fuel stations, from the Far North which extends from about 20kms South of Cape Reinga all the way to Bluff – is always constantly seeking opportunities to put “more dots on the map” as he calls them.

“GAS is always seeking opportunities to have discussions with owners of other independent service stations, and is confident of the story it has to tell.”

Currently a new GAS fuel station is under construction in Hamilton which will increase the brand’s presence amongst Waikato motorists and transport operators, and a new un-manned site is due to open shortly in the Lower North Island..

Another milestone for GAS is that the company’s logo is now being printed on the reverse of all new BP fuelcards, as new cardholders come on board, and as old cards expire and are renewed.

“We’ve been accepting the BP Ffuelcard at GAS for well over more than a decade,” says Ellis, “so this is an extremely welcome development as it underscores the value and reach of the GAS network.

“But this new development which started early in 2016, further underscores the GAS commitment to the BP Fuelcard at every station in our national network.”

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