What is the cost of AdBlue for a tractor or a non-road engine?
The price of AdBlue depends on how much AdBlue you will order. Different suppliers also offer different strategies and approaches to the market. In general, the price per litre of AdBlue is well below the price of diesel at the pump.
Engines equipped with SCR catalysts consume on average 5% less fuel than other machines. This saving in fuel cost easily compensates for the cost of AdBlue. As a result, the operating costs of tractors or a fleet of off-road machinery will generally be lower than those of comparable vehicles that have chosen EGR technology or that are not equipped with SCR.
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 fertiliser 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
AdBlue is a 32.5 % synthetic urea solution that is very pure. It is produced according to the ISO 22241 (ISO-22241-1, ISO-22241-2, ISO-22241-3) standard. AdBlue must always be used in a dedicated tank on your vehicle.
Warning: do not just use any urea solution, especially urea that is used for fertilisers, as this urea will not be of high enough quality for your engine and you risk substantial costly damage to your machinery.