WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has completed of installation of its 1,000th bulk on-island diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) dispenser, the company has announced.
The on-island installations include a dispensing technology that provides professional drivers with a more efficient fueling process. Called the "DEF+1", the dispensers pump both diesel fuel and DEF. Drivers can authorize diesel and DEF transactions at the same time at the same dispenser, pump both products in any order, and pay for both fills at the same time.
The "DEF+1" dispenser also saves time because it eliminates the need for drivers to leave the diesel island to accommodate both fills. In addition, drivers with refrigerated trailers can dispense diesel to their vehicle, diesel to their refrigeration unit and DEF to their DEF reservoir, in a single transaction without leaving the fuel island.
"Our installation of on-island DEF dispensers not only uses the latest, most efficient dispensing equipment available, we also took the time to eliminate product and equipment failure risk for drivers by using underground storage and piping. In addition, our DEF installations were completed hand-in-hand with the installation of new, higher-speed diesel dispensers; our investment in these technologies [totaled] about $100 million," said Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America.
The company said it expects that, with the exception of two sites where local zoning has delayed completion of planned installation, 100% of its operated locations will offer on-island bulk DEF by the end of May 2013, and that all locations will offer on-island bulk DEF by the end of June 2013.
TravelCenters of America, Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 244 full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full-service and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy-truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It (truck parking reservations) and many other services within large, high-traffic facilities.