AFVs Make Equivalent of 4,000 Trips to the Moon,
Account for Some 12% of Fleet’s Total Fuel Usage
UPS said today that it’s achieved its “Rolling Laboratory” goal of one billion in-service miles a year ahead of schedule, marking more than a decade of learning about natural gas, propane, and electric drive and hybrid vehicles.
“UPS deepened its commitment to alternative fuels in 2012, when it set the goal of reaching one billion miles driven with alternative fuels by the end of 2017,” the company says. “Shattering that goal one year early, about 12% of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet is now being replaced by alternative fuels including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel.”
“We had a big sustainability goal as we set out to make the most of our rolling laboratory by driving one billion clean miles in alternative fuel vehicles – that’s the equivalent of well over 4,000 trips to the moon,” UPS chairman and CEO David Abney says in the company’s late-Monday release.
More Than 100,000 Drivers
“While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles,” he said. “With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than 3 billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.”
“A significant portion of it is made up of the Class 8 fleet,” procurement director Mike Casteel told F&F, noting that deployment of the heavy duty natural gas trucks was made possible by the 11.9-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine from Cummins Westport.
A Million Alt Fuel Miles a Day
“After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than one million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet,” said Mike Whitlatch, UPS’s vice president of global energy and procurement
UPS says that it recognizes that differing alternative fuels and advanced technologies have unique advantages depending on the routes and geographies in which they are used and “deploys the more than 7,200 vehicles in the Rolling Lab to determine what works best in each situation.
A Wide Range of Technologies
“From old-fashioned pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS is putting sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.”
The company says that by the end of 2016, it will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally (since 2009).
“That continued investment, combined with supportive government policies, and a collaborative set of partners has helped to expand development and utilization of alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure throughout the world.” UPS describes “an ecosystem of innovation and progress shaped by collaboration with suppliers, policy makers and other stakeholders.”
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Source: UPS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up