ACT Expo 2018


BSR Projects Collaborative Growth

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, fuel efficiency by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sustainability Is the Principal Goal of ‘Future of Fuels’

BSR’s Future of Fuels Spring Forum, held at the start of ACT Expo last week, included a discussion of the organization’s recently launched Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles. The principles, which were reviewed during the forum, are designed to increase the availability of sustainable, low carbon fuels by signaling the magnitude of business demand, clarifying sustainability criteria needed for uptake, and encouraging partnerships with pilots and suppliers.

UPS Shows a Class 6 Fuel Cell Chassis

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Will Be Tested for Package Delivery in Sacramento

UPS claimed the first-ever hydrogen fuel-cell powered zero-emission Class 6 delivery vehicle at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, showing a converted 2006 package car with

  • an HyPM-HD30 fuel cell system by Hydrogenics,
  • a highly efficient, 227-kilowatt (304-horsepower) switch-reluctance motor by Nidec,
  • a P40-24 lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery module by Valence Technology, and
  • high-pressure fuel cylinders by Luxfer.

The FCEV/fuel cell electric vehicle prototype is to be deployed in Sacramento, where UPS “will validate its design and core performance requirements by testing it on the street starting the third quarter of 2017.”

UPS Spending $90m More on Natural Gas

March 15, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TruStar for Four New CNG Fueling Stations,
Freightliner & Kenworth for 440 New Trucks

UPS said today that it’s investing an additional $90 million in natural gas trucks and fueling infrastructure. The money will pay for 440 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks, and six new CNG fueling facilities.

Workhorse Horsefly Drone Flies for UPS

February 22, 2017 in Aviation, delivery vehicles, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Trial of a Horsefly Residential Delivery Drone
Launched from the Top of a Workhorse UPS Hybrid Truck:
‘Incorporates Drone Delivery into Day-to-Day Delivery Operations’

UPS has successfully tested a UAV/unmanned aerial vehicle by Workhorse for rural residential package delivery service, launching the “Horsefly” drone from a battery electric truck, also supplied by Workhorse.

200 More Workhorse E-Gen Vans for UPS

October 14, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Follow-On Order Is a First for the Industry, Says CEO

UPS has confirmed that the order for 200 E-Gen vans reported by Workhorse last month is indeed for UPS, stating that, “Equipped with lithium ion batteries and a range-extender engine, these trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains, approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.”

50 Lightning Hybrids for UPS in Chicago

October 3, 2016 in delivery vehicles, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FCCC MT-55 Vans with Gasoline Engines
Partially Funded via Drive Clean Chicago

Lightning Hybrids is spreading the word that UPS has deployed the first of 50 delivery vehicles fitted with Lightning’s fuel-saving hydraulic hybrid driveline. The vans for the Chicago area were partially funded via the Drive Clean Chicago program.

GAS for AmeriPride and 185 CNG for UPS

August 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hydraulic Hybrid, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Electricity and CNG for AmeriPride, CNG for UPS

Green Alternative Systems is busily converting walk-in vans to 100% battery electric operation and compressed natural gas for AmeriPride – nine and 20 vehicles respectively – and is converting 185 vehicles for UPS to CNG for deployment in Colorado.

UPS Getting More CNG in San Antonio

May 12, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

40 More Class 8s as Part of $100 Million CNG Expansion

UPS will add 40 Class 8 trucks fueled by compressed natural gas as it expands its package-handling facility in San Antonio. Each of the new CNG tractors will displace approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year with clean burning natural gas.

UPS Carlton Rose Keynote at ACT Expo

May 11, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, Companies, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We’re All a Part of the Innovation Ecosystem,’ Says Fleet President

Attendees at last week’s ACT Expo 2016 represent a single community with some unfinished business. That was the message offered there by Carlton Rose, global fleet maintenance and engineering president at UPS.

Workhorse Goes Upscale with BMW

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

UPS Range-Extended Trucks Getting i3 Car-Type Gensets

Workhorse Trucks and lead customer UPS spread the word at ACT Expo that 125 E-Gen brand range-extended electric trucks are being upgraded with more powerful gasoline engines.

RNG in California: More Than You Think

April 20, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Now Has More Than Half the Market, Says CARB

New figures from the California Air Resources Board indicate that, as of the end of 2015, approximately half of the natural gas being used as a vehicle fuel in the state is bio-based RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane. Only 10% of the state’s NGV fuel consumption was bio-based in 2013, rising to 22% in 2014.

Ariel Compressors for UPS’ CNG Growth

April 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ohio Firm Is Supplying Compressors for 12 New Fueling Facilities

Ariel Corp notes that it’s supplying the compressors as UPS adds 12 new compressed natural gas fueling facilities to its national network. The Ohio-made Ariel units for the 12 new stations be packaged by ANGI Energy Systems and installed by TruStar Energy.

RNG at UPS Furthers ‘Circular Economy’

March 31, 2016 in Biomethane, Companies, NGVs, Publications, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Helps Further Sustainable System of Commerce:
‘A Fundamental Rethinking of Products, Materials and Systems’

The increasing use of RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, by UPS is a sterling example of “circular” economics as distinguished from the traditional, “linear” business operating model of “make, use and dispose.” updated April 5

“In the evolving circular model, we strive to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life,” states The Growth of the Circular Economy: A 2016 UPS/GreenBiz Research Study. “To be successful, this model will require a fundamental rethinking of products, materials and systems of commerce.”

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS's commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

‘RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions,’ says a the GreenBiz study – it replaces conventional fuels and prevents methane emissions. ‘Using RNG demonstrates UPS’s commitment to develop alternative fuels and advanced technologies,’ the study found.

UPS and Oakland, Calif.-based GreenBiz collaborated on a survey of more than 5,000 sustainability executives and analyzed the results from 423 respondents “to identify trends that will help define success for this developing system of commerce.”

Bringing It All Back Home

“Nearly nine out of 10 (86%) of sustainability executives surveyed believe that circular economy will be important to their business two years from now, nearly double from two years ago,” states a UPS summary.

The GreenBiz analysis found that, “As a transportation and logistics company, UPS facilitates the circular economy by providing more efficient and sustainable solutions to help reclaim and refurbish products at the end of their useful life.”

‘Seamless Take-Back’ via ‘Reverse Logistics Processes’

“We use our expertise in logistics to help enable and facilitate the circular economy,” said UPS senior director of global sustainability Ed Rogers. “Focusing on ‘first mile’ logistics is crucial to helping businesses implement a cost-effective circular economy.

“UPS partners with customers to implement seamless take-back systems that include turnkey packaging, pickup services and pre-paid return labels,” he said. “Taken together, all of these assist in the reverse logistics processes needed for a successful circular economy.”

An Ubiquitous Fuel

When it comes to UPS’s own operations, a key circular solution is RNG/biomethane: “Nearly every landfill, agriculture operation, and manufacturing and waste plant generates methane – it is among the most abundant forms of fuel on the planet,” GreenBiz notes. “By using RNG, UPS is taking methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas and converting it into a fuel to power its trucks.”

“RNG provides a two-for-one solution to greenhouse gas emissions: it replaces conventional fuel (and its carbon emissions) that UPS would otherwise use, and also prevents methane from being released into the atmosphere, where it is more than 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.”

UPS recently expanded its use of biomethane to Texas (F&F, February 10).

UPS Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering president Carlton Rose was named last week as a keynote speaker at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 2-5 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, March 25). He’s to appear at the conference session session on Tuesday, May 3.

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Source: GreenBiz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TruStar for More CNG Following UPS Win

March 21, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We’re Swinging at Every RFP,’ Says Company Spokesman

TruStar Energy expects to make more announcements regarding compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure soon. Each TruStar win means more Ariel compressors packaged by ANGI Energy, and related equipment.

UPS: $100 Million for CNG Trucks, Fueling

March 15, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Commitment Deepens with a Dozen TruStar Fueling Stations
And 380 New CNG-Fueled Kenworth T680 Tractors for Fleet

UPS is deepening its commitment to natural gas as a vehicle fuel, announcing an investment of $100 million in 380 new CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors and 12 new CNG fueling facilities, by TruStar Energy.

First Priority GreenFleet Buys EVI

March 8, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Acquisition Adds EVs to a Growing First Priority Product Line,
Current Climate Is ‘As Good an Entry Point as Ever’s Been Seen’

New Jersey-based First Priority GreenFleet has acquired the assets of Electric Vehicles International in Stockton, Calif. – adding to a growing product line of alternative fuel vehicles. First Priority GreenFleet, “a total solutions provider to sustainable fleets,” is a unit of the specialty vehicle supplier First Priority Global. updated March 9

Clean Energy Redeem: UPS in Texas

February 10, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sales of the Renewable Natural Gas More than Doubled in 2015

Clean Energy Fuels said today that its sales of Redeem brand biomethane, aka renewable natural gas, more than doubled last year to 50 million gallons, from 20 million gallons in 2014. Sales of Redeem have also expanded from California to an unnamed customer in Oregon, and to UPS in Texas.

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