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Current Availability of AdBlue®

 

Forecourt

As of January 1st 2018, There were approximately 8407 retail forecourts throughout the UK. Only 55% of these were offering AdBlue, this is expected to reach 100% by 2023. Currently, this equates to just over 4500 outlets serving AdBlue products.

At present the majority of these forecourts supply AdBlue in packaged format (cans, pouches, etc) and only a select few operate dispensers suitable for car filling. In both instances the products avaialble are taylored towards the exisiting HGV market.

Commercial pumps for refilling HGV’s are not suitable for passenger cars and many vans due to their higher refuelling speeds which are too fast for the narrower filling aperture on cars. Likewise the 10 litre cans (which are most commonly found in UK forecourts) are also designed for HGV use and these are not practical for passenger cars due to their weight (11kg) and time needed to hold in position to dispense (4-5 minutes).

LV pump spec
HV pump spec

Advantages for Consumers:

  Pro   Con  
  Reasonable availability of packaged products throughout the UK. Filling can take place in a forecourt where spill response is available.   Most garages AdBlue packaged products and dispenser are designed for commercial vehicles which is not ideal for passenger cars.  

 

Dealerships

Refills are often available at dealerships, whilst beneficial to the dealer, this solution is generally the least cost effective solution to the end user and can be an inconvenience to drivers whose requirement to refill is usually more frequent than the vehicles service intervals. 

Advantages for Consumers:

  Pro   Con  
  Controlled refilling by the dealer is less likely to lead to contamination.   Usually the least cost effective solution, requires visit to dealer.  

 

Retail

In addition to the cans currently vended by forecourts throughout the UK, AdBlue is also available from many supermarkets, DIY stores and wholesalers who are now taking advantage of growing customer demand.

Due to environmental requirements maintenance in a car park is not usually permitted.

  Pro   Con  
  Reasonable availability throughout the UK.   Requires operator to refill at home which can lead to increased contamination risks.  

 

 
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