HHP 2015


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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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.

UPS Biomethane in Memphis & Jackson

December 21, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Estimated 15 million DGEs per Year for 140-Plus Trucks,
Gas Sourced from Landfill to Be Converted Directly to LNG

UPS said late last week that it will use biomethane to fuel upwards of 140 heavy duty trucks in Memphis and Jackson, Miss. behind a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and Atmos Energy Marketing. updated December 23 & 29

UPS Orders 125 Workhorse E-Gens

September 9, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly All-Electric Vehicles for Seven States for the First Half of 2016:
‘Vehicles Are a Bridge to the Delivery Trucks of Tomorrow,’ UPS Says

UPS said this morning that it’s purchased 125 hybrid electric delivery trucks from Workhorse “as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.”

UPS Renewables, UPS Sustainability

August 4, 2015 in Biofuels, Companies, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel from Neste, REG and Solazyme

UPS has publicized agreements with Neste, Renewable Energy Group and Solazyme for as much as 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, “constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world.”

Clean Energy Fuels Redeem RNG for UPS

May 5, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three California Stations to Provide About 1.5 Million Gallons per Year

UPS said at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas today that it’s agreed with Clean Energy Fuels to purchase Redeem brand renewable natural gas, and that UPS fueling stations in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles are to begin pumping the landfill-derived RNG this month.

TruStar for UPS 1,400 & Indiana’s CityBus

April 13, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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

Agility Facilitates 1,600 NGVs for UPS

April 1, 2015 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Tanks with Hexagon Lincoln for the Huge New CNG Order,
As Agility Supplied the LNG Systems for Earlier UPS Trucks Too

Agility Fuel Systems released details today about the role it’s played in supporting UPS’s drive to be one of leading practitioners of alternative fuel transportation in the U.S.

1,400 CNG Trucks for UPS, 15 CNG Stations

April 1, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Brown Ups the NGV Ante with Monster Order for Trucks, Infrastructure:
Business for TruStar, Kenworth, FCCC, Agility, Quantum, Landi Renzo, GAS

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

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