Thursday, January 21, 2010

UPS Adds to CNG Fleet

UPS, which has one of the largest fleets of alternative fuel vehicles, has added 245 new CNG delivery vehicles to its fleet.  The new trucks increase the company's CNG fleet to 1,145 vehicles and will be deployed in Colorado and California. 

UPS has a long history of experimenting with new transportation fuel technologies, which makes sense given the vehicle-intensity of the business.  More information on the company's use of alternative fuels is available on its website, but UPS tests a variety of fuel sources, from CNG and LNG to hybrids, fuel cells and plug-in electric vehicles. 

The company has been testing CNG since 1989 and has seen positive results.  From its website: "particulate emissions are 95 percent lower than with diesel engines; carbon monoxide emissions are 75 percent lower; and emissions of nitrogen oxides are 49 percent lower." 

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