The United Parcel Service, aka UPS, recently announced on Wednesday March 5, 2014 their intention to invest $70 million in order to purchase 1,000 propane-fueled delivery trucks. The investment includes plans to build 50 fueling stations. This announcement bears good news for the propane industry, and comes on the heels of their dismal winter season, which led to a supply shortage in the Midwest regions.
The trucks, which the company is purchasing from Daimler AG’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, are slated to replace all existing gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles in the rural areas’ of Louisiana and Oklahoma. UPS additionally plans to further expand their fleet of propane-fueled delivery trucks to other states within the United States in the near future. They already run a fleet of 900 propane fueled trucks in Canada.
“Propane is a clean-burning fuel that lowers operating costs and is readily accessible especially on rural routes in the United States,” UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney said in interview. “Propane costs about $1.25 to $1.50 a gallon less than gasoline or diesel and gets similar mileage.”
In recent years, the popularity of alternative fueled vehicles has become a viable choice, considering its economical price and high supply rates. There are currently 200,000 propane-powered vehicles on U.S. roads. Last year, Mesa Arizona’s Public Schools made the decision to convert, and run 61 of their buses on propane auto gas alone. UPS is anticipating their fleet’s transition to propane to be completed early next year.
UPS’s desire to sustain the environment with the greatest economical results can already be evidenced in their 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology. These vehicles include all-electric hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, biomethane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles. UPS quite literally has one of the nation’s largest privately owned alternative fuel fleets.
For more information on how you too can convert your vehicle to propane, please feel free to contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245 or visit our website at www.arizonapropane.com today. Together we can sustain the environment and make a brighter future for further generations to come!