‘When It Comes to Green Fleet Technology, We Are Constantly Challenging Ourselves’
David Abney, chief operating officer of UPS, will be a keynote speaker at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.
ACT Expo, organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, is the largest conference dedicated to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in North America. It runs June 24-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Abney will deliver the ACT Expo keynote address on Wednesday, June 26.
UPS has one of the largest private alternative fuel fleets in its industry. Its global network includes a fleet of more than 96,000 ground vehicles serving more than 220 countries and territories.
As COO, Abney is responsible for UPS logistics, sustainability, and engineering, directing all facets of the company’s transportation network.
Propane, CNG, LNG, Ethanol, Hybrids
“UPS’s business and corporate responsibilities are largely the same – to increase the economic vitality and environmental sustainability of the global economy,” Abney said in a GNA release. “When it comes to green fleet technology, we are constantly challenging ourselves to move beyond the efficiencies we’ve already achieved so we and others can benefit from innovation.”
UPS has operated propane vehicles since 1980, compressed natural gas since 1989, hybrid electrics since 1998, liquefied natural gas since 2000, and all-electric vehicles since 2001, as well as flex-fuel ethanol vehicles and hydraulic hybrids. “The company has logged more than 246 million miles globally to date with its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles,” GNA says.
“UPS developed and continues to enhance its fleet using a ‘rolling laboratory’ philosophy,” the Act Expo organizer adds, “using its alternative fuel fleet as a way to learn about how new technologies and advancements can be adapted for use in a large delivery fleet.
“The company has invested more than $15 million to deploy significant numbers of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet. While maintaining its current alternative fuel vehicles, UPS is also working with manufacturers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to advance new fuel technologies.”
As North America’s largest convergence of clean transportation stakeholders each year, ACT Expo attracts thousands of attendees to discuss the latest on the economic, environmental, and energy-security benefits of alternative fuel use in transportation. The conference provides keynote, plenary, and breakout sessions; educational training sessions; equipment displays in the expo hall; and test drives with the latest alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
GNA (sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities), Tony Quist, 310-573-8564 or toll-free 800-993-0302; mobile 310-756-9173; [email protected]; www.actexpo.com; or Sarah Gallagher, 310-573-8561; sarah.gallagher; www.gladstein.org
Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up