UPS To Build 12 New CNG Fueling Stations
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, UPS announced that it will construct 12 additional CNG stations and add 380 CNG tractors to its fleet. Staying true to its diversification commitment, the new fueling stations and tractors will total up to a $100 million in purchases. The decision is the company’s demonstration of innovative fuel resources and reducing its impact on the environment.
Speaking about it, mark Wallace, senior vice president global engineering and sustainability at UPS stated, “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. CNG is part of a broad investment in a variety of alternative fuel vehicles. Taken together, all of our alternative fuel vehicles represent 6 percent of the more than 100,000 UPS global fleet, and have driven a 10 percent annual reduction in use of conventional fuel.”
The company is also working towards meeting its 2017 goal of logging a billion miles with its advanced technology and alternative fuels fleet, making use of its Rolling Laboratory approach. The approach will determine the right alternative fuels that meet the distinctive needs in different driving environments.
The company uses CNG and hybrid fuel strategies for its suburban fleet with 100 miles on average, while for the city centre with an average of 60 miles, the company’s fleets run on alternative fuels like ethanol and electric. As for the regional fleet with an average of 400-600 miles usually traveling from one UPS hub to another, the alternative fuel includes CNG, liquefied natural gas and Biomethane. Lastly for its rural fleet, the company uses propane as alternative fuel.
TruStar energy will be constructing 12 new CNG fueling stations in Amarillo, El Paso, Columbia, Chattanooga, Forth worthy, Kansas City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Reno, Tifton, Willow Grove and Trinidad.
UPS was among the 13 pioneer companies who took a pledge to lessen greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the end of 2020 under Obama’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge.
UPS is also among the largest companies who are using alternative fuels practice and advanced technological resources in their fleets. Currently the company’s fleet has over 6,840 hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrids, all-electric, LNG, CNG, light weight fuel-saving and propane complex body vehicles.
UPS’s commitment to the act isn’t something new. The company has been on the forefront for years now constantly evolving its practices and procedures to reduce the impact of harmful fuels on the environment.