United Parcel Service (UPS) plans to build 15 more compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations in the United States and add 1,400 new CNG vehicles to its fleet within the next year. This increase in CNG trucks will signify a 30% increase over their current fleet of 5,088 vehicles worldwide. The switch to diversify the fuel source of its trucks has been fueled by environmental concerns as natural gas cuts climate change emissions by 6%-11% per year, and by security issues related to domestically produced natural gas compared with imported fuels.
UPS Senior Vice President of Transportation and Engineering explained the switch, stating, “Today’s CNG announcement demonstrates UPS’s plans to expand the use of widely available natural gas. CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages.” For more information about how the fuel used by your carrier can affect your small parcel or freight shipment costs and for a risk-free test-run of our small parcel audit system, contact us today!
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