The company announced plans to build 15 CNG fueling stations to support the purchase and planned deployment of 1,400 new CNG vehicles over the next year. Twelve of the CNG stations will be in new NGV deployment areas, and three will replace existing CNG stations with more robust, higher capacity equipment. This purchase represents a nearly 30% increase to UPS’s current alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide.
“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 vice president of transportation and engineering. “This CNG announcement demonstrates UPS’s plans to expand use of widely available natural gas. This fuel is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages.”
The new CNG vehicles will be deployed in 15 cities: Atlanta, Ga.; Charleston, W.Va.; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Doraville, Ga.; Lenexa, Kan.; Lexington, Ky.; Montgomery, Ala.; New Orleans, La.; New Stanton, Pa.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Port Allen, La.; Shreveport, La.; Richmond, Va., and Roanoke, Va.
Over 300 trucks of the 1,400 NGVs planned will feature Quantum kits, as this company received an order from UPS to supply 319 fuel systems. The delivery dates under this award are scheduled to begin in mid-2015 and will include the recently released versions of Quantum’s Q-CabLITE and Q-RailLITE storage systems, as well as delivery in the September time-frame of a version of Quantum’s soon to be released innovative back-of-cab storage system.
Moreover, Agility Fuel Systems will be supplying to UPS 445 of its new 160 DGE Behind-the-Cab CNG fuel systems for delivery in 2015. Agility has worked closely with UPS to develop and engineer custom specifications for their applications and has provided installation, training and in-servicing support to enable successful deployment and rapid expansion of natural gas in their heavy duty truck fleet.