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UPS to Build 15 CNG Stations to Support Additional 1,400 NGVs

UPS announced plans to build 15 CNG fueling stations to support the purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new CNG vehicles over the next year.  Twelve of the CNG stations will be in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas, and three will replace existing CNG stations with larger, higher capacity equipment.

The purchase represents a nearly 30 percent increase to UPS’s current alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases are part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources, implement a fleet infrastructure that can utilize lower carbon intensity fuel sources and increase experience using alternative fuels in freight transport applications.

“UPS’s investment in a large scale alternative energy fleet has enabled the company to avoid more than 34 million gallons of conventional fuels since 2000,” said Mitch Nichols, UPS senior vice president of transportation and engineering. “Today’s CNG announcement demonstrates UPS’s plans to expand use of widely available natural gas. CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages.”

When the deployments are completed, UPS anticipates its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will continue to log more than 350 million miles per year, supporting the company’s goal of driving one billion miles in this fleet by the end of 2017. This will displace approximately 54 million gallons of conventional diesel and gasoline annually while reducing total vehicle emissions.

UPS plans to deploy new CNG vehicles in 15 cities. The cities are

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Doraville, Georgia
  • Lenexa, Kansas
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Stanton, Pennsylvania
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Port Allen, Louisiana
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia

UPS already has a total of eight CNG fueling stations in California, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma and also operates CNG vehicles internationally.

Using a “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS is one of the leaders in the industry developing the cleanest, most effective pathways to support the company’s effort to reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuels while improving efficiency. For more information, please view the company’s most recent Corporate Sustainability Report here.