In a move bringing the company closer toward plans to have 50% of its Canadian fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of 2018, new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles joined UPS Canada’s growing alternative energy fleet. Seven CNG highway tractors and 40 delivery trucks were added to the current Canadian fleet of more than 2,900 package cars, tractors and shifters. Presently, more than 40% of the fleet in Canada runs on alternative fuels.
As part of a previously announced $500-million investment in UPS Canada, the CNG fueling station has been built in Vancouver, B.C. in collaboration with FortisBC. The Vancouver station will join more than 50 other natural gas operating stations strategically located across the US and outside the US in Tamworth, United Kingdom.
As an environmentally conscious business, UPS Canada has taken the initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and lower fuelling costs by choosing natural gas. This is the first Canadian province that UPS Canada chose to enter with natural gas vehicles because of the incentive funding provided by FortisBC which assists with the purchase of new CNG vehicles as well as our support in building and operating a fuelling station. UPS Canada now joins numerous fleet owners and operators across North America making the switch to natural gas so they can save on fuel costs and shrink their environmental footprint.—Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC
UPS takes a rolling laboratory approach to its fleet. Vehicles with alternative fuel solutions are tested and deployed depending on terrain, climate and other local considerations. In Argentina, France, Germany, Netherlands, Thailand, UK, and the US, UPS operates more than 3,800 CNG-fueled tractors and package cars. On 19 June, the company announced a $130-million investment to build an additional five CNG fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles throughout the US. Globally, UPS will have invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations from 2008 through 2018.