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UPS disclosed plans today to build 15 fueling stations to support its purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new compressed natural gas vehicles over the next year – “a nearly 30% increase to UPS’s current industry-leading alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide.” updated April 2
“Twelve of the CNG stations will be in new natural gas vehicle deployment areas, and three will replace existing CNG stations with more robust, higher capacity equipment,” the company said, advising F&F that the stations will be built by TruStar Energy.
The new trucks will be a mix of approximately 800 tractors and 600 package cars. The “heavy majority” of the tractors will be provided by Kenworth, UPS global procurement director Mike Casteel told F&F on Thursday, although he expects smaller number of trucks from Mack and Freightliner as well.
Agility Serves UPS Again
Agility Fuel Systems and Quantum Technologies are the principal suppliers of CNG cylinder assemblies for the new heavy duty trucks for UPS.
The package cars will be built by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp with Morgan Olson bodies. The FCCC vehicles will be in two sizes, Class 5 and Class 6, using the company’s MT-45 and MT-55 chassis, Casteel says. They’ll have 6.0-liter GM engines with fuel systems from Landi Renzo USA, installed by Green Alternative Systems in Indiana. They’ll have lightweight Type IV CNG tanks.
UPS said it plans to deploy new CNG vehicles in 15 cities: Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City, and in Doraville, Ga.; Lenexa, Kans.; Lexington, Ky.; Montgomery, Ala.; New Stanton, Pa.; Port Allen, La.; Shreveport, La.; and Richmond and Roanoke, Va.
UPS says it currently has a total of eight CNG fueling stations in California, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma (and noted that it operates CNG vehicles in Germany, The Netherlands and Thailand). Existing stations in Atlanta, Denver and Oklahoma City will be replaced with the new ones by TruStar, Casteel says.
“Delivery of the CNG tractors has just started,” he notes, with trucks supported by the new TruStar station in New Orleans. Deliveries of the CNG package cars are expected to commence later in the year. Most of the new CNG vehicles will be delivered this year, with deliveries winding up in the first quarter of 2016.
New Agility-Hexagon Lincoln Type IVs
Agility Fuel Systems said in its own announcement on Wednesday that UPS has ordered 445 of its new 160-diesel-gallon-equivalent behind-the-cab CNG fuel systems for delivery in 2015. Agility will use new 27-by-80-inch Type IV CNG cylinders from the new joint venture with Hexagon Lincoln.
“They are lighter, higher capacity and exclusively available through Agility,” marketing and sales planning VP Luis Salem told F&F today.
Agility also noted that its supplied the liquefied natural gas fuel systems for the existing large fleet of over-the-road LNG trucks operated by UPS (F&F, January 27, 2014). The LNG trucks for UPS have fuel tanks from Chart Industries.
Quantum said on Thursday that it has an order for 319 fuel system for heavy duty trucks, with deliveries of both Q-RailLite and Q-CabLite rail-mounted and back-of-cab assemblies to commence in mid-year, Quantum also promised a “next-generation” BoC unit, around September, “providing the highest storage capacity of any back-of-cab CNG system currently available in the industry.”
“The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases are part of UPS’ 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,” the UPS announcement states.
“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 transportation and engineering VP.
‘CNG Is an Important Building Block’
“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,” Nichols said.
UPS said it anticipates that when the new CNG deployments are completed, 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,” the company said.
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