By the end of 2018, global logistics provider UPS will have 50% of its Canadian fleet running on alternative fuels. Contributing to that end are newly acquired Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles: seven highway tractors and 40 delivery trucks.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve our impact on the communities within which we operate. These new vehicles are another step in the right direction,” says Floyd Bristol, vice-president of automotive, UPS Canada. “CNG emits 6 – 11 per cent lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline throughout the fuel life cycle.”
As part of the previously announced $500 million investment in UPS Canada, the CNG fueling station has been built in Vancouver, B.C. in collaboration with gas supplier FortisBC. The Vancouver station will join more than 50 other natural gas operating stations strategically located across the U.S. and outside the U.S. in Tamworth, United Kingdom.
“As an environmentally conscious business, UPS Canada has taken the initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and lower fuelling costs by choosing natural gas,” says Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC. “This is the first Canadian province that UPS Canada chose to enter with natural gas vehicles because of the incentive funding provided by FortisBC which assists with the purchase of new CNG vehicles as well as our support in building and operating a fuelling station. UPS Canada now joins numerous fleet owners and operators across North America making the switch to natural gas so they can save on fuel costs and shrink their environmental footprint.”
“Putting new compressed natural gas vehicles on British Columbia’s roads can help us reach our climate commitments. Our government continues to focus on clean energy alternatives that build an economy benefiting everyone,” says Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
In Argentina, France, Germany, Netherlands, Thailand, U.K., and the U.S., UPS operates more than 3,800 CNG-fueled tractors and package cars. On June 19, the company announced a $130 million investment to build an additional five CNG fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles throughout the U.S.. Globally, UPS will have invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations from 2008 through 2018.