UPS Canada will introduce 139 additional cleaner-burning, LPG (propane) delivery trucks. The majority of these vehicles will be deployed in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, with the rest to be distributed between British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The propane vehicles are joining roughly 600 propane trucks already operating in Canada; the UPS Canada fleet contains 2,000 package delivery vehicles.
The 139 new propane trucks are expected to reduce UPS’ carbon dioxide emissions by a total of 254 metric tonnes per year, a 35% improvement compared to conventional engines. Additionally, particulate matter emitted from vehicles will be virtually eliminated.
The UPS propane vehicles will run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) provided at eight on-site fuelling stations at UPS facilities in Canada. LPG is derived from petroleum during oil or natural gas processing and is cleaner-burning than regular gasoline. Propane vehicles emit about one-third fewer reactive organic gases than gasoline-fuelled vehicles. NOx and carbon monoxide emissions are 20% and 60% less, respectively, than conventional vehicles.
UPS’ global alternative-fuel fleet now stands at 1,629 vehicles—the largest such private fleet in the transportation industry—and includes compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane and electric and hybrid electric vehicles. UPS is also working with the US Environmental Protection Agency on a hydraulic hybrid delivery vehicle.