UPS is to invest $100 million in compressed natural gas for its transport fleet, building 12 additional CNG fuelling stations and adding 380 CNG tractors to its fleet.
“At UPS, we own our fleet and our infrastructure. That allows us to invest for the long-term, rather than planning around near-term fluctuations in fuel pricing,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability. “CNG is part of a broad investment in a variety of alternative fuel vehicles. Taken together, all of our alternative fuel vehicles represent six per cent of the more than 100,000 UPS global fleet, and have driven a ten per cent annual reduction in use of conventional fuel.”
UPS aims to log one billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017, using a rolling laboratory approach to determine the right alternative fuel solutions to meet the needs of route-specific driving environments.
The use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions six to 11 per cent, according to the US Department of Energy.
The UPS fleet includes more than 6,840 all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.