UPS to invest $130mn in alternative fuel fleet this year

By James Henderson
UPS has announced plans to invest $130mn into its compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet. The company is to build an additional five compressed natural gas...

UPS has announced plans to invest $130mn into its compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet.

The company is to build an additional five compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks.

It builds on previous UPS investments of $100mn in 2016 and $90mn in 2017. UPS will have invested more than $1bn in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations from 2008 through 2018.

“We strongly believe further investment in our natural gas fleet is a key element to help us achieve our long-term goals for reducing our CO2 emissions,” said Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS.

“We demonstrated the effectiveness of natural gas vehicles and fuel in 2017 by using 77 million total gallon equivalents in our ground fleet. UPS is a catalyst for wide scale adoption of natural gas vehicles.”

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Building CNG and LNG capacity is an important enabler for increasing UPS’s use of renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG yields up to a 90 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.

Last year, UPS used 15 million gallon equivalents of RNG. The company is the largest consumer of RNG in the transportation sector.

The five new CNG stations will be in Goodyear, Ariz., Plainfield, Ind., Edgerton, Kan., Fort Worth, Texas, and Arlington, Texas.

Four hundred semitractors will be supplied by Freightliner and Kenworth and 330 terminal trucks by TICO. UPS will deploy the new CNG vehicles on routes to utilise the new CNG stations as well as adding to existing natural gas fleets in other UPS locations including Atlanta, Ga., and, Salt Lake City, Utah.

UPS currently operates more than 50 natural gas fueling stations strategically located across the U.S., and, outside the U.S. in Vancouver, Canada, and Tamworth, United Kingdom.

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