As engine technology advances, so do the fuels used to power the engines. New truck technology first introduced in 2010 required the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which requires additional fueling infrastructure in order for operators to offer it at the pump. While the use of DEF is mandatory for certain engines, some carriers are voluntarily adopting alternative fuels, such as natural gas, which also requires new fueling infrastructure.
For truckstop and travel plaza operators, knowing when to invest in that new fueling infrastructure can be a challenge. Stop Watch sat down with industry experts and operators to learn more about the latest trends, demand and sales growth within the DEF and natural gas categories.
DEF Sales on the Rise
The vast majority of trucks that have been manufactured since 2010 require DEF, and as the number of trucks requiring the fuel have increased, so have DEF sales.
Tristen Griffith, manager of Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza, said to date in 2015, her bulk DEF gallons are up about 38 percent over the same period last year. Keith Wade, operations manager of Dodge City Petro, said he’s seen bulk DEF sales go up about 45 percent in the past year...