Propane Will Power 1,000 UPS Delivery Fleet Trucks

The propane fleet will replace gaso­line- and diesel-fueled vehi­cles used large­ly in rur­al areas in Louisiana and Okla­homa with oth­er states pend­ing. The vehi­cles on these routes can trav­el up to 200 miles on a tank of propane. Oper­a­tions will begin by mid-2014 and be com­plet­ed ear­ly next year.  

UPS test­ed 20 propane-pow­ered brown deliv­ery trucks suc­cess­ful­ly this past win­ter in Gainesville, Ga., and expand­ed its order with Freight­lin­er Cus­tom Chas­sis Corp. UPS uses a “rolling lab­o­ra­to­ry” approach to test dif­fer­ent fuel sources and tech­nolo­gies accord­ing to their route char­ac­ter­is­tics.  The new propane fleet is expect­ed to trav­el more than 25 mil­lion miles and to dis­place approx­i­mate­ly 3.5 mil­lion gal­lons of con­ven­tion­al gaso­line and diesel per year.

“The oppor­tu­ni­ty to road test new propane vehi­cles and fuel­ing equip­ment with one of the most sophis­ti­cat­ed fleets in the coun­try is a major mile­stone for the propane indus­try,” said Roy Willis, pres­i­dent and CEO of PERC. “This announce­ment is the cul­mi­na­tion of many enti­ties bring­ing togeth­er the best in propane tech­nol­o­gy to achieve the great­est eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal results.”

The UPS deploy­ment this year ben­e­fits from propane auto­gas’ wide avail­abil­i­ty as a result of increased nat­ur­al gas pro­duc­tion in the U.S., and there is more price sta­bil­i­ty with the acces­si­ble sup­ply. UPS cur­rent­ly oper­ates near­ly 900 propane vehi­cles in Cana­da.

About the Vehi­cles: The Freight­lin­er Cus­tom Chas­sis built for UPS uses a GM engine. Both the engine and sys­tem inte­gra­tion were pro­vid­ed by Pow­er­train Inte­gra­tion. The propane auto­gas fuel sys­tem was sup­plied from Clean­Fu­el USA. Devel­op­ment of the engine, fuel plat­form and chas­sis were made pos­si­ble through coop­er­a­tion between these com­pa­nies and the Propane Edu­ca­tion & Research Coun­cil.

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