Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brown Goes Green

“It’s the only long-term viable option to diesel" 

That was not said by T. Boone Pickens, but it very well could have been.  Instead, the quote comes from UPS's director of maintenance and engineering, referring to the use of natural gas vehicles over diesel for its trucks. The company has added 48 liquefied natural gas long-haul tractors (not compressed natural gas) to its fleet.  Thirty-eight will go to Las Vegas and ten will go to Ontario, CA, where UPS already runs 11 LNG tractors. The 48 new LNG trucks will replace existing diesel trucks, and UPS expects to save 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel per day with the new vehicles.

UPS has long been an innovator in strategies to reduce fuel consumption and pollution with a portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles, including LNG, CNG, propane and various strains of electric vehicles. From 1999 to 2009, UPS drivers have logged 77.3 million more miles but have used 3.2 million fewer gallons of fuel.  Not bad.

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