The UPS fleet of alternative fuel and technology delivery vehicles has driven 200 million miles since 2000. The alternative fuel fleet (AFV) now numbers more than 1,900 and another 62 vehicles (48 LNG tractors) have just been ordered. “UPS operates AFVs in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, the UK and Hong Kong,” noted Mike Britt, UPS’s director of vehicle engineering. “The 200 million mile benchmark proves a number of AFV technologies are viable over the long term in a variety of working environments and so we’ll continue to expand the AFV fleet.”
To date, UPS has explored eight different alternative fuel technologies, starting with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and propane technologies in the late 1980s, and more recently adding Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tractors to its fleet. The company estimates that its fleet of alternative fuel and technology delivery vehicles will drive the next 200 million miles by 2017.
According to Britt, the purchasing viability of AFV technology is based on economics, fuel infrastructure availability, reliability, product supply, carbon impact, fuel savings and operational considerations.
“At UPS, we expand our alternative fuel fleet using a ‘rolling laboratory’ approach,” he explained. “Our alternative fuel fleet teaches us how new technologies and advancements can be adapted for use in a large delivery fleet. UPS puts new technologies in settings where they are most effective and most efficient.”
Today, UPS claims to have the widest variety of alternative fuel technologies of any private delivery company and says it is the only private delivery company using LNG technology in its fleet.
This item compiled using information from a UPS press release.