UPS Freight has recently stated that it will add 64 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors to its fleet. Currently, UPS has more than 2,500 natural gas vehicles in its fleet.
Based in Harrisburg, Pa., the new LNG tractors will replace older generation diesel-powered trucks. The LNG trucks will be used for less-than-truckload routes. UPS expects the tractors to travel 600 miles per tank.
According to a press release, UPS has nearly 5,500 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide. Vehicles include all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), LNG, propane, biomethane and lightweight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.
On April 3, Land Line reported that UPS would deploy 1,400 CNG trucks over the next year. UPS will also build 15 CNG fueling stations for the new trucks. Of the 15 new stations, 12 will be in the natural gas vehicle deployment areas. The remaining three will replace existing CNG stations with more equipment of a higher capacity.
UPS expects to log more than 350 million miles per year with its alternative fuel vehicles with the added fleet. The company has a goal of reaching 1 billion miles by the end of 2017.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are 817 public CNG stations and only 70 LNG stations in the U.S. at the present time.
In a 2013 report, natural gas engine engineering company Westport determined that LNG is more suitable for long-haul trucks. Conversely, CNG is a better fit for smaller commercial vehicles and more local or regional heavy-duty trucks.
Westport also projected that approximately 150 LNG stations would be needed to cover all of the major interstate trucking routes at 300-mile intervals.
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