UPS in the US – CNG and maintenance strategy
In the US, UPS has adopted an environmental strategy focusing on four different components: recycling and reuse; alternative fuels; fleet management; and facility initiative. Recycling and facility initiatives take place primarily within UPS offices, whereas the alternative fuels and maintenance programmes focus on the vehicle fleet.
UPS alternative fuel strategy:
UPS has been testing CNG delivery trucks since 1989, and today UPS has the largest fleet of CNG vehicles in the US – over 1000 vehicles. UPS has also hybrid trucks, propane trucks, and they are in the process of testing fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles. However, the current focus is on their CNG vehicles.
Experiences derived from using this CNG fleet have been evaluated externally by the US Department of Energy, and overall, the results have been positive:
UPS maintenance strategy
UPS keeps its motor-driven vehicles in top-running condition through computer-scheduled preventative inspections. UPS also trains its drivers in safe and fuel-efficient driving behaviour.