Keeping your BMW Environmentally Friendly - The AdBlue® solution.10/03/2015
Guiding you through important EU regulations. A new environmentally-friendly EU regulation has been introduced to significantly reduce the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel engines. This will lead to changes throughout the automotive industry but the good news is BMW is well ahead of the game.
Certain models already come with a NOx Storage Catalyst that absorbs nitrogen oxide. But, as this catalyst can only be fitted to some vehicles, an alternative system of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is required by all other diesel cars.
The AdBlue® solution.This system uses a special reducing agent called AdBlue®, which neutralises much of the NOx before it passes into the air. This may well be the first you’ve heard of AdBlue®, but please don’t be concerned. This system will become increasingly common within the BMW range over the next five years, and AdBlue® will soon become a household name.
Where does the AdBlue® go?AdBlue® is poured into a small dedicated tank in your car and, when full, you won’t need to think about it again for thousands of miles. It’s easy enough to refill the tank yourself, with a half-gallon ‘top-up’ bottle lasting for approximately 900 miles*, although most people will choose to have their AdBlue® tank refilled during any service visit that is made to a BMW Centre.*Mileage range is dependent on personal driving style How often does AdBlue® need to be topped up?A full tank of AdBlue® will last approximately 9,000 miles before requiring a complete refill. An indicator integrated into the onboard computer will provide an initial warning with 1,200 miles to go. Then, once the AdBlue® range reaches 500 miles, there will be a red warning with a mileage range countdown.
What happens if AdBlue® ever runs out?It is important that levels of AdBlue® are maintained as the car will not start if the tank ever runs empty.Which cars are fitted with this technology?During 2013, the SCR system was introduced across selected models within the BMW 5 Series and BMW X5 ranges, before being rolled out to further model ranges in the future.