In September 2010, quixote group, an independent market research and communications firm with a deep back- ground in truck industry issues, fielded one of the first national studies on the state of diesel exhaust fluid (deF) supply and demand across north america. deF is made up of automotive-grade urea nd water. Injecting deF into a vehicle exhaust stream through a selective catalytic reduction (ScR) process reduces nitrogen oxides (nOx) to 0.2 grams per brake horsepower hour (near- zero levels), as mandated by the environmental Protection agency (ePa). The deF Baseline 2010 benchmarking study was commissioned by OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) on behalf of its members and subscribers, including the top 200 oil companies, distributors, traders, and govern- ment and commercial buyers of petroleum products. The study was conducted in concert with the north american ScR Stakeholders group, an ad-hoc organization representing nearly 300 public and private entities com- mitted to education and outreach to support he introduction of ScR. Participants included government agencies, automotive and heavy-duty engine and truck manufacturers, trade associations, fuel retailers, chemical and oil companies, deF producers, distributors, testing laboratories, testing equipment manufacturers, and dispensing equipment manufacturers. The study provides a benchmark of the current north american supply infrastructure for measuring future development of the deF supply chain and its capacity for supporting and perhaps accelerating adoption of ScR- equipped vehicles. Specifically, the deF Baseline 2010 study focused on three data points: the percentage of companies selling or dispensing deF; the types of packaging being used; and typical wholesale or retail prices. Respondents fell into one of three target audiences: fluid suppliers (wholesalers and istributors of fuels and fluids, including deF); retailers (truck stops or travel plazas, convenience stores with gas stations, stand- alone gas or service stations, and other retail outlets); and fleet fueling operations (private trucking companies and fleets, truck leasing businesses, and public, municipal or government truck fleets). A Benchmarking Study on DEF Demand and Supply by Kim Doran Striving for excellence
to view the complete DeF Baseline 2010 benchmarking study, see www.FactsaboutscR.com.
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