October 10, 2007

UPS expands its “Green Fleet” in the U.S.

Atlanta, Georgia – UPS has announced it is adding 306 alternative fuel vehicles to its “green fleet”, including 167 compressed natural gas (CNG) and 139 propane delivery trucks. The company has also launched an initiative to use biodiesel fuel in its ground support vehicles at its UPS Worldport air hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

The CNG trucks will be deployed early next year in Dallas, Atlanta, and in Los Angeles, Ontario, San Ramon and Fresno in California. The company uses some 800 CNG trucks in the U.S., and has nearly 600 propane trucks already operating in Canada and Mexico.

Globally, UPS’ alternative-fuel fleet is now 1,629 vehicles, which it says is the largest such private fleet in the transportation industry. The fleet includes CNG, liquefied natural gas, propane, and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The company is also working with the Environmental Protection Agency on a hydraulic hybrid delivery vehicle.

The propane and CNG trucks currently in the UPS fleet were converted from gasoline and diesel vehicles in the 1980s. The new trucks are manufactured specifically for alternative fuel use.

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