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National Clean Fleets Partner: UPS

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UPS maintains a fleet of more than 93,000 package cars, vans, and other vehicles. The company is reducing petroleum use and emissions through careful route planning, fuel efficiency measures, and alternative fuel use. UPS has nearly 2,700 compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric, and hybrid electric vehicles. UPS was a founding member of the first Clean Cities coalition—Clean Cities-Atlanta, which received official designation from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1993.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: April 2011
  • Headquarters: Atlanta, GA
  • Operations: Operates in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide
  • Strategies and Technologies: Electric vehicles, propane vehicles, natural gas vehicles (CNG and LNG), hybrids, hydraulic hybrids, telematics, idle reduction, driver training, reducing vehicle miles traveled

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March 5, 2014

UPS invests in propane for U.S. delivery fleet

ATLANTA – UPS announced plans to purchase 1,000 propane package delivery trucks and install an initial 50 fueling stations at UPS locations. The investment in propane vehicles and infrastructure is approximately $70 million.

The propane fleet will replace gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles used largely in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma with other states pending. The vehicles on these routes can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane. Operations will begin by mid-2014 and be completed early next year.

UPS, in collaboration with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a non-profit propane technology incubator, worked with equipment manufacturers to secure certifications with the EPA and California Air Resources Board.

UPS tested 20 propane-powered brown delivery trucks in Gainesville, Ga., and expanded its order with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. UPS uses a "rolling laboratory" approach to test different fuel sources and technologies according to their route characteristics. The new propane fleet is expected to travel more than 25 million miles and to displace approximately 3.5 million gallons of conventional gasoline and diesel per year.

"The opportunity to road test new propane vehicles and fueling equipment with one of the most sophisticated fleets in the country is a major milestone for the propane industry," said Roy Willis, president and CEO of PERC. "This announcement is the culmination of many entities bringing together the best in propane technology to achieve the greatest economic and environmental results."

The UPS deployment this year benefits from propane autogas' wide availability as a result of increased natural gas production in the U.S., and there is more price stability with the accessible supply. UPS currently operates nearly 900 propane vehicles in Canada.

UPS has one of the largest private alternative fuel fleets in the nation with more than 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, biomethane, and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.