AdBlue® for Commercial Vehicles

  

AdBlue® for Commercial Vehicles

If you have a commercial vehicle equipped with SCR technology with the standards Euro IV, V or Euro VI, you will need AdBlue. These cover the following vehicles:

  • Commercial vehicles with SCR such as trucks, refuse trucks, fire engines, etc.
  • Light-goods vehicles with SCR or “LGV” such as vans
  • Vehicles that transport passengers such as coaches, buses, school buses, minibuses, etc.

Since 2005, we have worked alongside and guided, hundreds of fleets of all sizes in their choice of AdBlue and AdBlue equipment. Yara's UK & Ireland Air1 sales team offers you its expertise, whether you are a reseller, forecourt or service station owner or an operator of commercial fleets; coaches, trucks or buses.

Kristian Reeve
Kristian Reeve
Business Manager

Where can I buy

Where can I buy AdBlue for my commercial vehicle?

AdBlue is sold all over the UK & Ireland in the same retail sites and distribution network where you already buy diesel for your vehicle. It is also sold in service stations for trucks. Thanks to our free smart phone application you can find all of our AdBlue retail sites across our network of resellers. You can also find the service stations that sell AdBlue along your journey.

If you have several vehicles, you can also have AdBlue delivered in bulk directly to your home depot. To do this, you will need to have on site a bulk tank or a package like an IBC or a drum.

Which AdBlue should I buy?

Which AdBlue should I buy?

Whatever your requirement, we have the packaging for you! Your choice will depend on your consumption and the size of your commercial vehicle fleet and the number of Euro IV, V or VI SCR vehicles you have, regardless of whether you have, trucks, buses, coaches or light commercial vehicles.

Please do make sure you are buying “AdBlue” and not a product called “urea solution”. The product that you use needs to meet very strict ISO quality standards, otherwise you are at risk of contaminating your SCR system on your vehicle.

Contact us and we will help you make the right choice according to your needs. We offer AdBlue in:

  • Packaged format: 10l AdBlue Cans, 210l AdBlue Drums, 1000l IBCs of AdBlue
  • Bulk deliveries directly to your site

How much AdBlue will I use?

The average consumption of AdBlue for commercial vehicles will depend of the type of vehicles that you are driving (truck, bus, coach, van, refuse truck…), as well as its level of use. The type of journey you are driving will also have an impact on how much the engine needs to work and therefore on how much AdBlue you will need.

In general, expect a consumption of AdBlue of between 4% to 6% of the diesel consumption. In other words, you will use about 5 litres of AdBlue for every 100 litres of diesel, or about 1.5 litres of AdBlue for every 100 km on the road. This means you will fill your AdBlue tank much less frequently than your tank for diesel.

We offer a calculator for the consumption of AdBlue that will be more precise based on your requirements. Please contact us for an estimate of the approximate consumption of AdBlue for your fleet.

What is the most economical way to buy AdBlue?

The most economical way is for Yara to deliver its Air1 AdBlue product in bulk directly to a dedicated AdBlue tank installed on your site. You can also buy AdBlue from our network of Air1 suppliers, where you will find AdBlue in 10L cans, in 210L drums and in 1000L IBCs. If properly stored, AdBlue has a shelf life of 12 months.

Handling and storage of AdBlue

AdBlue should ideally be stored within a temperature range between 0 and 30°C, and kept protected from direct sunlight. It should be properly sealed when it is not being used. It is possible for AdBlue to freeze at -11°C, so it is important that you use a storage area that is not below this temperature. If AdBlue has frozen, it can be reused when it has thawed as it will return to its original state.

The storage area must be clean and free from dust to avoid any contamination, especially when a vehicle is being filled with AdBlue.

If buying packaged AdBlue we will deliver AdBlue to you in sealed packs. If the storage instructions are followed, then AdBlue can be stored for up to a year. If you need to store AdBlue for longer or in difficult conditions, eg a combine harvester then it is best to drain the AdBlue first or to analyse the AdBlue to ensure it remains within the specification needed.

How to handle AdBlue

Do not use old diesel or oil containers to transfer AdBlue into the tank. Any non-dedicated equipment can contaminate AdBlue. Even very small quantities of fuel/oil/lubricant can damage your SCR system.

When you refill with AdBlue, there is no need to wear protective clothing. However, we recommend that you wear gloves to prevent irritation to sensitive skin. Please read the safety data sheet on AdBlue when you handle large quantities of AdBlue.

AdBlue prices

What is the cost of AdBlue for a tractor or a non-road engine?

The price of AdBlue depends on how much AdBlue you will order. Different suppliers also offer different strategies and approaches to the market. In general, the price per litre of AdBlue is well below the price of diesel at the pump.

Engines equipped with SCR catalysts consume on average 5% less fuel than other machines. This saving in fuel cost easily compensates for the cost of AdBlue. As a result, the operating costs of tractors or a fleet of off-road machinery will generally be lower than those of comparable vehicles that have chosen EGR technology or that are not equipped with SCR.

What drives AdBlue prices?

Several factors impact AdBlue price. AdBlue is a high purity urea solution that has synthetic urea as a raw material. Because of the quality needed it is produced so that it is much purer than that used as fertiliser by farmers. It is therefore sold at a completely different price. Also, urea production requires a lot of energy, mostly natural gas. The price levels of oil, natural gas and ammonia have a direct impact on urea prices. When the price of these commodities increases, it has an impact on the AdBlue market prices

AdBlue is a 32.5 % synthetic urea solution that is very pure. It is produced according to the ISO 22241 (ISO-22241-1, ISO-22241-2, ISO-22241-3) standard. AdBlue must always be used in a dedicated tank on your vehicle.

Warning: do not just use any urea solution, especially urea that is used for fertilisers, as this urea will not be of high enough quality for your engine and you risk substantial costly damage to your machinery.

Learn more about AdBlue

AdBlue® is a registered trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA).