The transport market in Europe is grappling with a new challenge. A seemingly minor, purely technical one, but one that could halt trucks from moving for a long time. At issue is AdBlue fluid, which is an indispensable component in newer diesel engines, especially in trucks. European manufacturers are announcing that they will reduce or halt production. The reason? High gas prices.
AdBlue is used to purify fuel from nitrogen oxide, which has toxic effects on the human body. It consists of urea (32.5%) and demineralized water (67.5%). AdBlue is not mixed with fuel, but has a separate filler. Without refilling the purification fluid, the truck cannot move.
Since the beginning of the year, this liquid propulsion additive has become several times more expensive in Europe, but it is still beginning to run out. Last week, Slovak chemical plant #Duslo halted production, and German producer #Piesteritz announced it would halt production from October if it does not receive subsidies from the government. This is because high gas prices make production unprofitable.