New CNG fueling stations will allow the company to increase current alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by nearly 30%.
UPS, a founding member of Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleets Partnership, recently announced plans to build 15 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to support the purchase and deployment of 1,400 new CNG vehicles over the next year.
The company plans to deploy the new CNG vehicles in 15 cities across the country: Atlanta, Ga.; Charleston, W.Va.; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Doraville, Ga.; Lenexa, Kan.; Lexington, Ky.; Montgomery, Ala.; New Orleans, La.; New Stanton, Pa.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Port Allen, La.; Shreveport, La.; Richmond, Va., and Roanoke, Va. Of the new CNG stations, 12 will be built in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas and three will replace existing CNG stations with more robust, higher-capacity equipment. The new stations will add significantly to the eight CNG fueling stations already located in California, Colorado, Georgia, and Oklahoma.
The stations and vehicle purchases are part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources, implement a fleet infrastructure that lowers tailpipe emissions, and increase capabilities using alternative fuels in freight transport applications. The purchase represents a nearly 30% increase to the company’s current alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, which totals more than 5,000 vehicles worldwide.
When the deployments are completed, UPS anticipates its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will log more than 350 million miles per year and support the company’s goal of the fleet driving one billion miles by the end of 2017. The vehicles will help displace approximately 54 million gallons of conventional diesel and gasoline annually while reducing total vehicle emissions. UPS estimates that its alternative energy fleet has enabled the company to avoid using more than 34 million gallons of conventional fuels since 2000. In addition to CNG vehicles, the company’s alternative energy fleet includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, LNG, propane, biomethane, and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles. See the press release for full information.
- Kathryn Ruckman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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- Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team