CleanFuel USA to Provide LPI Liquid Propane Injection System
And Says It Will Provide Fueling for Some of 50 Planned Locations,
UPS’ $70 Million Investment Focuses on Rural Routes, LA and OK First
CleanFuel USA announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this morning that UPS will be using its Liquid Propane Injection system in its planned purchase of 1,000 propane autogas package delivery trucks. CleanFuel USA will also provide “multiple” fueling stations out of 50 planned across the U.S.
According to UPS, “The investment in propane vehicles and infrastructure is approximately $70 million.”
The propane fleet will replace gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles used largely in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma with other states to follow, UPS said. The vehicles can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane. Operations will begin by mid-2014 and be completed early next year.
PERC a Key Player
The UPS delivery truck is based on a new CleanFuel USA offering, the Freightliner Custom Chassis MT-45 walk-in van with the LPI system and 6.0-liter engine by Powertrain Integration. The U.S. EPA- and California-certified truck is being shown by the Propane Education and Research Council at WTS 2014.
“The UPS announcement marks one of the single largest alternative fuel vehicle purchases in the package delivery industry,” CleanFuel USA founder and managing partner Curtis Donaldson said in his company’s release.
UPS says it tested 20 propane-powered brown delivery trucks this past winter in Gainesville, Ga., with PERC support, and expanded its order with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. UPS said it uses a “rolling laboratory” approach to test different fuel sources and technologies according to their route characteristics. “The new propane fleet is expected to travel more than 25 million miles and to displace approximately 3.5 million gallons of conventional gasoline and diesel per year,” the company said.
“The UPS alternative fuel strategy is to invest in the most environmentally friendly and economical energy sources,” UPS chief operating officer David Abney said in his firm’s announcement. “Propane meets those criteria as a clean-burning fuel that lowers operating costs and is readily accessible, especially on rural routes… States that attract this type of investment with tax incentives and grants will factor into the UPS deployment strategy.”
CleanFuel USA has also unveiled a GMC C2500 pick-up truck equipped with 6.0-liter engine and its LPI system
“There is a gap in the light-duty market segment in that a large number of fleets are using these vehicles in day-to-day operations and are looking for an alternative to gasoline, diesel and natural gas,” said CleanFuel USA COO Wayne Moore. The new 6.0-liter offerings “help these fleets realize the benefits of propane autogas while experiencing no loss in power or payload,” he said.
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Source: CleanFuel USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up