UPS adds more than 700 vehicles to natural gas fleet
UPS has announced plans to build an additional five compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in the US and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks.
In a statement sent to Post&Parcel today (19 June), UPS said: “This $130m dollar investment in CNG capacity for 2018 builds on previous UPS investments of $100m dollars in 2016 and $90m dollars in 2017. UPS will have invested more than $1bn in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations from 2008 through 2018.”
The five new CNG stations will be in Goodyear, Arizona; Plainfield, Indiana; Edgerton, Kansas; Fort Worth, Texas; and Arlington, Texas.
Four hundred semi-tractors will be supplied by Freightliner and Kenworth and 330 terminal trucks by TICO. UPS will deploy the new CNG vehicles on routes to utilize the new CNG stations as well as adding to existing natural gas fleets in other UPS locations including Atlanta, Georgia; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
UPS currently operates more than 50 natural gas fueling stations – strategically located across the US, and, outside the US in Vancouver, Canada, and Tamworth, United Kingdom.
“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.”