UPS adding 6,000 natural gas vehicles to its fleet

UPS plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks beginning in 2020 and running through 2022.

This three-year commitment represents a US$450-million investment in expanding the company’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet as well as supporting infrastructure.

The new vehicles will be equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems provided under an agreement with Agility Fuel Solutions, a business of Hexagon Composites.

The investment in CNG fuel systems expands UPS’s relationship with Agility Fuel Solutions and supports UPS’s fleet sustainability efforts, the company said. It will help reduce UPS’s carbon footprint and is expected to have a positive influence on national CNG market growth. The CNG fleet expansion also provides more capacity for expanding the use of renewable natural gas (RNG).

Vehicles equipped with CNG fuel systems can interchangeably use RNG and conventional natural gas. Produced from landfills, dairy farms and other bio sources, RNG yields up to a 90 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.

Since 2016, Agility Fuel Solutions has provided natural gas fuel storage and delivery systems to more than 1,700 UPS trucks. As part of the new agreement, Agility will provide end-to-end natural gas systems for heavy-duty gas trucks, terminal tractors and medium-duty walk-in vans. These will include on-board CNG fuel storage and management and Agility’s certified natural gas engine fuel systems.