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UPS to invest US$90 million in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure

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UPS has announced that it is planning to invest US$90 million in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure.

Specifically, the company is planning to build a further six CNG fuelling stations, 390 CNG tractors and terminal trucks, and 50 LNG vehicles.

Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President Global Engineering and Sustainability, said: “With more than 4400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fuelling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet.

“We know the importance of investing in natural gas globally for our fleet and the alternative fuel market. In 2016, we used more than 61 million gal. of natural gas in our ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gal. of renewable natural gas. This helped us to avoid the use of conventional gas and diesel, and decreased CO2 emissions by 100 000 metric t.”

The six new CNG stations will be located in Ontario (California), Orlando (Florida), Salina (Kansas), Louisville (Kentucky), Greensboro (North Carolina), and Vancouver (British Columbia). Renewable natural gas (RNG) will be used at the Ontario station to fuel UPS vehicles in the area with renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG).

In 2016, the company invested US$100 million in CNG fuelling stations and vehicles. It currently operates 31 CNG fuelling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia. It uses CNG vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand, as well as a total of 38 US states.

RNG is distributed through the natural gas pipeline system, and is available for use as either LNG or CNG.

UPS also purchased a further 50 LNG vehicles, used in Indianapolis (Indiana), Chicago (Illinois), Earth City (Missouri) and Nashville (Tennessee), where the company has LNG stations.

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