UPS to add 730 CNG-powered trucks to fleet

UPS freightliner truck

UPS has made a big commitment to natural gas-powered trucks in the USA.

Coming less than two months after showing a natural gas-powered Freightliner truck at a clean transport expo, UPS has confirmed it will add more than 700 new CNG vehicles to its fleet.

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The $130 million USD commitment includes the utilisation of 400 semi-tractors (prime-movers) from Freightliner and Kenworth.

Also included are 330 terminal trucks from U.S. manufacturer, TICO.

The commitment takes the total recent UPS investment in alternative fuels to around a billion dollars.

Why make the switch to CNG?

UPS say renewable gases yield up to a 90% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.

The business is looking to meet a commitment of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its global ground operations 12% by 2025.

Five new CNG stations will also be built by the parcel delivery giants in the U.S., adding to the more than 50 stations owned by UPS in the U.S., as well as several in Canada and the UK.

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