Alternative Fuels Drive UPS to Innovative Solutions
UPS operates one of the largest private alternative fuel fleets in the industry with more than 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, liquid propane gas (LPG), biomethane, and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.
By the end of 2017, the company's goal is for its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet to drive one billion miles.
Between 2000 and the end of 2013, the UPS alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet logged 350 million miles. In 2013, the growing fleet drove 55 million miles, a 13 percent increase over last year.
Alternative Fuel Fleet Specifics
UPS’s 386 hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) promise a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over vehicles they are replacing.
With more than 965 package delivery vehicles, UPS has one of the largest private fleets of compressed natural gas which offer impressive results:
UPS operates roughly 900 propane-powered vehicles in Canada.
UPS deployed 50 ethanol-powered delivery vehicles in Brazil, where production of this alternative fuel is plentiful.
UPS operates 41 hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHVs) which can achieve up to 35 percent improved fuel economy and up to 30 percent CO2 emissions reduction over traditional diesel-powered vehicles that use automatic transmissions in stop-and-go applications.
With more than 158 electric vehicles, UPS utilizes this technology to reduce noise, emissions and motor fuel.
A first of its kind in UPS’s global fleet, biomethane dual-fuel vehicles expanded the company’s alternative fuel vehicle fleet delivering to official London 2012 Olympic venues and leave an important legacy in the UK, following the games.
Propane-Fueled Operations Expansion
One of most extensive private propane fleets in U.S. by end of 2014:
UPS to purchase 1,000 propane technology package cars
UPS to build an initial 50 onsite fueling stations in Oklahoma and Louisiana with an investment of approximately $70 million
Nearly 900 propane vehicles in Canada
Growing domestic supply, insulated from market volatility.
Propane does not compromise package car’s abilities, fuel economy or drivability, and meets the criteria for UPS’s clean fuel technology standard.
Package cars have 200-mile range and no route limitations.
Viability of propane as a “bridge” fuel toward energy independence.
Propane vehicles meet UPS criteria to deploy alternative fuel technologies
How the propane technology works
The propane vehicle technology functions in very similar fashion to a conventional gasoline package car. The standard, six-liter, GM V8 gasoline package car is convertible to propane fuel. The propane is in a liquid state (LPI) when it is delivered to the fuel injectors via an electric fuel pump. The fuel injects into the intake manifold in the same manner as a gasoline model. Like its gasoline counterpart, the propane vehicle’s engine also uses a spark ignition. This makes operation of the propane vehicle virtually identical to a standard gasoline model.