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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For additional information, contact the Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership account managers, Don Francis and Melissa Howell.

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April 1, 2015

UPS to Build 15 Additional CNG Fueling Stations, Increase CNG Fleet

ATLANTA – UPS announced plans to build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to support the purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new CNG vehicles over the next year. Twelve of the CNG stations will be in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas, and three will replace existing CNG stations with more robust, higher capacity equipment.

This purchase represents a nearly 30% increase to UPS's current industry leading alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases are part of UPS' ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources, implement a fleet infrastructure that can utilize lower carbon intensity fuel sources and increase experience using alternative fuels in freight transport applications.

"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," said Mitch Nichols, UPS senior vice president of transportation and engineering. "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 the deployments are completed, UPS anticipates its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will continue to log more than 350 million miles per year, supporting the company's goal of driving one billion miles in this fleet by the end of 2017. This will displace approximately 54 million gallons of conventional diesel and gasoline annually while reducing total vehicle emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the use of natural gas instead of gasoline cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 6-11% over the fuel life cycle.1

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