AdBlue for cars and other passenger vehicles
AdBlue® for cars and other passenger vehicles
SCR technology and the need for AdBlue® is becoming more and more common for cars and other passenger vehicles; such as 4x4s, mini-buses, MPVs or cars. You can now buy vehicles equipped with an SCR system that uses AdBlue from manufacturers such as : Renault, Peugeot, Citroën, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, GM / Opel, Ford, Toyota and Mazda. More and more manufacturers will introduce cars with SCR systems as the Euro 6 standard limiting nitrogen oxides emissions for cars and light-goods vehicles will be implemented in 2014 in the European Union.
You will find AdBlue 10L Cans easy to use, and available at:
- The dealership where you purchased your vehicle
- Many service stations across the world .
Yara’s AdBlue is sold under the Air1 brand, and can be used in all makes and models of cars that need AdBlue.
Beware: if you see a service station that sells AdBlue at the pump, ask if you can fill up your car with the equipment - as not all pumps are designed to fill up cars. It is likely that some service stations only offer AdBlue for commercial vehicles as they need to refill with AdBlue much more often than cars do, sometimes every week. As a result of this usage, oil companies have developed a network of service stations with AdBlue pumps that meet these heavy duty vehicle’s requirements, such as larger nozzles and fast delivery which will be incompatible for refilling cars.
- Air1 Distributors – may have Air1’s AdBlue brand available in 10L Cans
- Service stations with pumps distributing Air1’s AdBlue product to commercial vehicles
You can download our free App for mobile smart phones and tablets. It uses GPS technology to identify the nearest Air1 Retail pump for commercial vehicles.
AdBlue is sold by car dealerships that determine the price of AdBlue independently. We are a producer of AdBlue and supply retail sites across the world.
There is no law on AdBlue prices, so it may be wise that you compare AdBlue prices at several retail sites so as to find the most competitive price. It is possible that dealerships from different car brands will offer AdBlue at different prices too.
What drives AdBlue prices?
Several factors impact AdBlue price. AdBlue is a high purity urea solution that has synthetic urea as a raw material. Because of the quality needed it is produced so that it is much purer than that used as fertilizer by farmers. It is therefore sold at a completely different price. Also, urea production requires a lot of energy, mostly natural gas. The price levels of oil, natural gas and ammonia have a direct impact on urea prices. When the price of these commodities increases, it has an impact on the AdBlue market prices.
Your vehicle will need AdBlue if it is equipped with SCR technology. SCR technology is in several Euro 6 standard cars. You will find this information from:
- Your car dealership
- In the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle
If your vehicle has an SCR system, you will find the AdBlue tank (often with a blue cover) close to the diesel tank or in the boot, under the carpet. Each make will have a difference location for this tank.
On your dashboard, you will find an indicator or a light that will signal that you need to fill up the AdBlue in your tank. Usually your garage will refill it for you when you come to service your car, but you may need a refill between services. If this happens, it is very easy to fill your tank with AdBlue. Simply fill your separate AdBlue tank like you fill your diesel tank, from a can or possibly from the pump at a service station, if it is equipped for cars.
The amount of AdBlue needed by your car varies. It depends of the following factors:
- Vehicle type (4x4, car, MPV…)
- Engine type
- Driving requirements and power needed (driving on mountains road, on snow, with a trailer or a caravan…)
- Driving style
You can also use the AdBlue indicator on your vehicle to monitor your consumption. There are several on-line forums where car drivers discuss their AdBlue consumption. If you visit them, it will also give you an idea of what to expect.
In some cases, you will not even notice AdBlue, as your consumption will be so low that the car will only need a refill every once in a while when it goes for a service at the garage.
If the AdBlue indicator tells you that you need to refill your tank, do not worry : your vehicle can still drive quite a bit before you need to actually refill. Here is a practical guide on how to use AdBlue.