UPS operate one of the industry’s largest alternative fuel fleets made up of more than 10,000 low-emissions vehicles, including all-electrics, electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids, propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biomethane.
As part of their wider sustainability targets UPS aim to 40% of their fleet operating on alternative fuels with a 12% absolute carbon reduction by 2025. One of the approaches taken by UPS to achieve these targets is to transition their HGV fleet to LNG, with a long-term focus on the use of renewable LNG.
Within the UK UPS operate approx. 300 HGVs as part of wider fleet of 2,500 vehicles; of these around 25 are gas powered. UPS took the first steps with gas powered vehicles in 2011 when they initially deployed 19 dual fuel vehicles across their fleet. These have been joined by an additional 15 vehicles during 2018.
The gas vehicles have been well received by their drivers, with them commenting on the levels of comfort achieved by the vehicles along with how quiet and powerful they are in daily operations.
UPS are undergoing a continual evaluation of their current fleet with the aim of expanding the use of gas-powered vehicles if the trials are successful.