15 Stations in 11 States to Support 2,000 UPS Vehicles:
Ariel Compressor Units for All, Packaged by ANGI Energy
TruStar Energy is trumpeting its role in fueling existing and additional compressed natural gas vehicles operated by UPS. A total of 15 new compressed natural gas stations in 11 states will fuel more than 2,000 NGVs operated by UPS once the freight and package delivery firm’s 1,400 new vehicle are deployed. updated April 14
UPS made its announcement of the 15 new stations and 800 heavy and 600 medium duty trucks at the start of the month (F&F, April 1).
Station construction has already begun in Oklahoma City and New Orleans, TruStar said Monday, advising F&F that all of the new stations have Ariel compressors packaged by ANGI Energy. The equipment includes NG300 and NG600 compressor packages, as well as controls, valve systems, and Fleet/Hi-Flow Series II dispensers, ANGI says.
‘A Huge Statement to Other Freight Carriers’
“UPS operates one of the most recognizable fleets in the world and seeing the blue CNG diamond on the sides of their tractors makes a huge statement to other freight carriers throughout the country,” TruStar Energy president Adam Comora said in a release.
“One of TruStar Energy’s core value propositions is our ability to design and build stations quickly and with little disruption at a customer’s location,” said sales VP Scott Edelbach.
“This works particularly well for the UPS stations, simply because their distribution centers are constantly receiving and dispatching packages,” he said.
Maintenance Too for 13 of the 15
The new multi-lane, multi-compressor fueling stations will allow fast fueling of UPS Class 8 tractors and package cars, and in certain locations will also include time-fill fueling for Class 8 tractors.
In addition to the design and construction of the 15 new CNG stations, TruStar Energy was contracted to provide service and maintenance for 13 on an annual contract basis.
“We’ve continued to develop our nationwide service and maintenance group, which works hand-in-hand with our construction teams to ensure our customers stations remain productive and profitable,” Comora. TruStar Energy service personnel are to be dedicated to each of the UPS stations to ensure rapid response.
Indiana’s CityBus with ESG
TruStar said late last week that it’s opened the CNG station in Lafayette, Ind. it built for the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corp, aka CityBus. Plans for the $3.2 million facility with the Indiana-based Energy Systems Group, supporting a nascent fleet of Gillig CNG buses, were announced late this past summer (F&F, September 9).
CityBus plans on gradually converting its 73-bus fleet to CNG via their annual replacement schedule, ESG says.
Mark Falahee is ESG business development manager.
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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up