UPS drives one billion miles using alternative fuels

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UPS has reached its target of driving one billion miles using alternative fuels one year ahead of schedule. The carrier currently deploys more than 7,200 alternative fuel vehicles as part of its global fleet, covering a combined total of approximately one million miles each day.

The alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, referred to as the Rolling Laboratory, ranges from pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in urban areas such as London, UK, and Hamburg, Germany, to electric and hybrid vehicles across the USA. The company also deploys natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane-powered vehicles globally. Alternative fuels currently replace approximately 12% of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet.

David Abney, chairman and CEO, UPS, said, “We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our Rolling Laboratory by driving one billion clean miles in alternative fuel vehicles – that’s the equivalent of well over 4,000 trips to the moon. While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles. With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than three billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.

“Many congested cities around the world are implementing zero tailpipe emissions zones, and UPS is keeping ahead of the curve by investing in advanced technologies and creating the commercial delivery fleet of the future.”

Mike Whitlatch, vice president of global energy and procurement, UPS, said, “The question wasn’t whether we should make alternative fuels work. Instead, it was ‘What’s the best way to make alternative fuels work for UPS and for the environment?’ After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than one million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.”

By the end of 2016, UPS will have invested more than US$750m in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally since 2009.

August 3, 2016

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