Automotive Grade Urea used to manufacture AdBlue is produced from natural gas. The current conflict with Ukraine/Russia and subsequent sanctions imposed, have caused the price of natural gas to soar and has again reached a record high.European Urea manufacturers have already started to take the decision to implement either plant shutdowns or reduce production because the cost of production is too high. This in turn has led to the cost of urea and therefore AdBlue once again rising in price.

How much AdBlue® do you need? (2)

AdBlue® is still very much in its early days, but as time goes on we’re beginning to get a better understanding of just how much (AdBlue® or DEF) drivers are using out in the real world.

For those of you new to AdBlue®, the (clear) liquid is used in the SCR systems of new diesel vehicles and since the Euro6 regulations came into force the hot topic amount fleet managers has been the amounts of AdBlue® they’ve needed.

We found a feature in US website Car and Drive, they review the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel and one of the interesting things about the article is their experience of using AdBlue® in a long term loan vehicle.

According to the website after approx 10000 miles the warning light came on advising to refuel the AdBlue® tank within 1500 miles. These warnings are important to drivers as if the AdBlue® tank is empty, then just like the fuel tank the car will not start.

I had a look for some official figures and found that according to the Land Rover website their advice is

“DEF (AdBlue®) consumption can vary greatly dependent on driving style and conditions, but the average rate of consumption is approximately 6US pints (2.8 liters) for every 1000 miles (1600 kilometers).”

So if we use these figures and multiply 6 pints X 6.3 we get roughly 38 pints (the size of the tank), so by that theory, one tank of AdBlue® should last 6,300miles.

According to Car and Driver the AdBlue® in their car lasted nearly twice as long as Range Rover as advising. Considering it was a review car and there was a good chance it wasn’t driven in the most ‘green’ way possible there still seems to lots of conflicting figures appearing and I was actually expecting the AdBlue® use to be much higher than Land Rovers guide.

We’ll be looking for more statistics on AdBlue® use in the coming weeks, so check back again. And if your car uses AdBlue® we would be very interested to hear how usage compares with the manufacturers recommendations. you can also read more about it here 

However much AdBlue® your car uses, be sure to always purchase the highest possible quality AdBlue®, some lower grade AdBlue® can cause serious damage to SCR systems. 

Always look for ISO Graded AdBlue®. our AdBlue® is the highest quality available and is available in a variety of size containers from 2 litre car packs right up to 1000litre AdBlue® IBC’s and beyond.

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