‘We’re All a Part of the Innovation Ecosystem,’ Says Fleet President
Attendees at last week’s ACT Expo 2016 represent a single community with some unfinished business. That was the message offered there by Carlton Rose, global fleet maintenance and engineering president at UPS.
The community’s unfinished business divides into three main areas: expectation, innovation, and collaboration, he said.
Rose provided a UPS perspective in each of these areas, in the stated hope that some of the messages, lessons and observations would help to advance interests and needs across the assembled audience.
‘Were All In’
“UPS moves 6% of the U.S. GDP and 2% of the global GDP through our network on a daily basis,” he said. “We’re a company that operates 100,000 vehicles and more than 500 aircraft. We have 435,000 employees who live and work in 220 countries and territories. We’re a company with a significant global footprint that feels an obligation to customers, to consumers and to communities.
“We’re all in,” he added.
As part of that impressive presence, he noted that UPS operates one of the industry’s largest alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets, including all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, propane, CNG and LNG designs.
505 Million Advanced Vehicle Miles – and Counting
“In all, that’s more than 6,800 vehicles,” he said, adding that those vehicles have logged 505 million miles in the U.S. and countries around the world to date and that the company has a goal “to hit 1 billion miles by the end of next year.”
Turning toward the topic of innovation across the advanced technologies, Rose asserted that UPS is confident that natural gas will be “a long term play,” as evidenced by the company’s investments since 2000, including: 825 CNG tractors, 1,635 CNG package cars, and 18 fueling stations; 1,300 LNG tractors and 15 fueling stations; 1,000 propane package cars; 62 ethanol package cars in Brazil; and 19 RNG tractors in the United Kingdom.
UPS is also exploring ways to get more out of traditional fuels, ranging from a waste engine heat recovery process to the redesign of 125 existing electric hybrid vehicles. Rose pointed to a Tuesday morning UPS announcement that the company will be installing new two-cylinder engines that further increases range, performance and fuel efficiency.
The new BMW engine could be seen on a Workhorse chassis in the Expo Hall.
‘We Must Continue to Evolve’
Extending his gaze “over the horizon,” Rose expressed great hope for both lithium air batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.
“We’re all a part of the innovation ecosystem,” he said. “And like any ecosystem, to stay healthy, we must continue to evolve. To do that we must see above and beyond the unpredictability of petroleum prices. We have an incredible opportunity. By working together… we can create a stronger, more efficient industry and complete our unfinished business.”
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach, Calif.