UPS Inc. said today it will spend $90 million to build six additional compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in North America and add 390 CNG tractors and "terminal trucks" to its alternative-fuel fleet. Terminal trucks are vehicles that shuttle trailers around a yard.
The six CNG stations will be in Ontario, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Salina, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Vancouver, B.C. The stations, which are expected to be operational by year's end, will bring to 37 the number of CNG fueling facilities in 15 U.S. states. The tractors and terminal trucks will be added to the fleet as the new fueling stations come on line, according to Kristin Petrella, a UPS spokeswoman.
Renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG) will be used at the Ontario station, Atlanta-based UPS said. Also known as bio-methane, renewable gas can be derived from sources such as decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment, and agriculture. It is distributed through the natural gas pipeline system, making it available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or CNG.
Since 2009, UPS has invested more than $750 million in a global network of alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles and fueling stations. The company operates 4,400 natural gas-powered vehicles, using 61 million gallons of natural gas last year. Its alternative-fuel and advanced-technology fleet has driven more than one billion miles since 2000. UPS also disclosed that it purchased 50 LNG vehicles late last year. The vehicles were deployed during the first quarter in Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Earth City, Mo., all cities where UPS has LNG re-fueling stations.