TA Adds DEF Island Pumps

TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is rolling out on-island Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers.

TA expects to install about 50 on-island DEF dispensers at locations across the country in 2011. Installations will utilize new dispenser and point-of-sale (POS) systems that will make purchasing DEF quicker, more efficient and customer friendly.

Sites will feature dedicated DEF dispensers at the fueling islands, while large storage tanks will be installed away from the fuel island.

“We are excited to have worked so hard and so closely with key industry players to develop and bring to our customers the best solution for their DEF needs,” Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America LLC. “The technology we will employ integrates the DEF dispenser with our POS and other systems so that drivers can purchase fuel and diesel exhaust fluid in a single transaction, and TA is the first travel center chain to bring this capability to market.”

All TA and Petro branded locations currently offer 2.5 gallon containers of DEF at all 228 of its locations, available at the fuel desk, travel store or truck maintenance counters and all of the company’s RoadSquad emergency roadside vehicles carry a supply of DEF.

TA’s on-island DEF dispenser installations will further add to current capacity; the first five locations are the TravelCenters of America in Lodi, Ohio and Nashville, Tenn.(reopening February 2011), and the Petro Stopping Centers locations in Spokane, Wash., Kingman, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas. TA and Petro were the first national chains to offer DEF at all locations. Further, because nearly all TA and Petro locations offer extensive truck maintenance services, TA expects to offer DEF top-off services as part of routine preventive maintenance, or PM service to vehicles that use DEF.

Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, operates travel centers in 41 states and Canada under the TravelCenters of America and Petro brands.

 

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