Logistics and postal delivery provider UPS has announced that it will be introducing an extra 1,400 compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery vehicles to its fleet over the next year. At present, UPS has a fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide that use alternative fuels. The firm will also build an additional 15 CNG fueling stations to support the deployment of the new vehicles.
Mitch Nichols, senior vice president, transportation and engineering, UPS, said, “UPS’s investment in a large scale alternative energy fleet has enabled the company to avoid more than 34 million gallons of conventional fuels since 2000. Today’s CNG announcement demonstrates UPS’s plans to expand use of widely available natural gas. CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages.”
When fully deployed, UPS anticipates its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will log more than 350 million miles per year, supporting the company’s goal of driving one billion miles by the end of 2017. This will displace approximately 54 million gallons of conventional diesel and gasoline annually.
April 8, 2015.