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US-based United Postal Service (UPS) has invested more than US$90 million ($117 million) in building an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations and add 390 new CNG prime movers and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel fleet.
“With more than 4,400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fuelling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet,” said Mark Wallace, Senior Vice President Global Engineering and Sustainability, UPS. “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 gallons of natural gas in our ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of renewable natural gas. This helped us to avoid the use of conventional gas and diesel, and decreased CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons.”
The six new CNG stations will be built in Ontario, California; Orlando, Florida; Salina, Kansas; Louisville, Kentucky and Greensboro, North Carolina in the US, and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Renewable natural gas (RNG) will be used at the station in Ontario to fuel UPS vehicles in the area with renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG).
In 2016, UPS invested $100 million in CNG fuelling stations and vehicles. The postal service currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the US in addition to vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.
The innovative company has driven more than one billion miles since 2000 with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. Last month, UPS trialled an electric truck fitted with a drone to test its new delivery system.