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UPS Canada Adding 139 LPG Delivery Trucks to Fleet

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.



I like the idea of delivery services going to cleaner vehicles. They replace their fleet on a regular basis and it is good public relations to do this. They have the financing to make it happen. They benefit and we all benefit.


What is the "exchange rate" between gasoline and LPG? Does a gallon of LPG get you as far as a gallon of gasoline.


According to this link (at bottom)

Energy Source BTU Content
Propane 91,547 per gallon

I think gasoline is about 125,000 BTU per gallon. I would imagine that LPG (propane) is high octane like natural gas. So you could boost it with a turbo and get higher efficiency. So, to answer you question...probabjy not.


I was in Turkey last month, almost all Gas Station had LPG.
It was 1.75/liter versus 2.5/liter for gasoline in local currency.

If mileage tracks BTU, questionable I know, that would give LPG a 5% advantage in miles/money.


I have heard that parts of Europe have dual fuel cars, either gasoline/natural gas or diesel/natural gas. This sounds like a great way to go.

Natural gas here goes for about $1 per 100,000 BTU. Even if natural gas doubled in price, it would be a bargain compared to gasoline at $3 per gallon. They are predicting $4 per gallon for gasoline this year.

So, if I drive 20k milesa per year at 20 mpg, I use 1000 gallons at $4 per gallon or $4000 per year. With natural gas, it might cost me $2000 per year, a savings of $2000 per year. If the conversion costs me $6000, I pay it back in 3 years (simple) and can refuel in my garage.



If you live in California or New York, there's no need for conversion, there's the Civic GX. MSRP $24,590


I know about the Civic GX, but it is natural gas only. I want one that will run on natural gas OR gasoline.

John H

I just posted this on the Coca-Cola blog, but feel it is also relevant here:

You see, it takes big businesses making a drastically different choice to the traditional approach for things to happen. That is fantastic news. I was also pleased to hear that Youngman Automobile Group will be bringing 1,000 CNG buses to the US during 2008. These new buses will have there final assembly completed in California and be sold through ZAP!. I like what I am starting to see with regards to the heavy vehicle and mass transit industries shift towards eco-friendly propulsion!

Jorge Torres

We sell do it your self convertion kits to convert your car to run on LPG for US$1200 up to 6 cilinder and for US$1400 up to 12 cilynder

Robin Davidson

LPG gives slightly worse mileage per litre than gas but the cost saving per litre more than makes up for it. The tank for the LPG is basically like a BBQ tank that usually sits in the spare wheel well in the trunk. You don't then carry a spare (unless you want it in your regular trunk space) but do carry tire sealant to inject if you do get a flat. Conversion is about $3000. The car must still start on regular fuel and switches to LPG automatically once warm. If you run out of LPG you can switch back to regular gas. This also means you effectively double the range of your car as you carry about twice as much fuel (70litres gas, 60 litres LPG). If you break down you could BBQ while you wait for the tow truck!


LPG technology is great. One possible drawback is the acceptance of LPG vehicles in tunnels. I had that problem in NY, USA and crossing the Channel between England and France. So how do UPS manage that problem? Do they have a special GPS or routes?

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That first one is the best one I've seen in the thread so far.



For my father's company we also use LPG, it's a dutch company btw.

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