UPS Freight Adds 64 LNG-Fueled Tractors

UPS Freight Adds 64 LNG-Fueled Tractors

UPS Freight has added 64 liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors to its fleet.

The tractors, which are based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, join UPS’ worldwide fleet of more than 2,500 natural gas-powered vehicles, the company said April 30.

“Even though UPS has used LNG tractors in package operations for more than a decade, it’s still a relatively new fuel for trucking,” said Willie Rivero, UPS Freight’s fleet vice president.

“By adding these tractors . . . we are aligning ourselves with the enterprise’s commitment to use natural gas as a reliable alternative to traditional fuel,” he said in a statement.

The trucks replace older-generation diesel-engine power units and will be used on designated routes by UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload unit of UPS Inc.

They are expected to reduce tailpipe emissions and average 600 miles to the tank, the company said.

UPS announced earlier this month that it would build 15 compressed natural gas stations and add 1,400 CNG-fueled vehicles over the next year, including about 800 tractors.

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.


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