TA to install about 50 on-island DEF dispensers

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TravelCenters of America LLC confirmed its plans to install about 50 on-island diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) dispensers during 2011. Sites will feature dedicated DEF dispensers at the fueling islands, while large storage tanks will be installed away from the fuel island.

“The technology we will employ integrates the DEF dispenser with our point of sale 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,” says Thomas M. O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America LLC.

TA and Petro branded locations currently offer 2.5 gallon containers of DEF at all 228 location, and of the company’s RoadSquad emergency roadside vehicles carry a supply of DEF. Because nearly all TA and Petro locations offer truck maintenance services, TA expects to offer DEF top-off services as part of routine preventive maintenance on vehicles that use DEF.

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.