167 new vehicles converted to propane, designed to withstand cold
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 1 /CNW/ - UPS Canada has committed to investing in
the growth of its fleet of alternative fuel vehicles with the introduction of
167 new liquid propane-fuelled trucks.
The once gasoline-fuelled vehicles have been retrofitted with advanced
liquid propane injection technology that will result in a significant
reduction in ozone-forming emissions. The first truck has been converted and
the remaining 166 vehicles will be converted and released onto Canadian roads
on a monthly basis throughout 2009 beginning in July.
"Though the recession has impacted every industry, UPS believes it is
important to continue to explore greener avenues by investing in technology
that reduces carbon emissions and lowers our overall environmental footprint,"
said UPS Canada Vice President of Automotive Steve Clark. "This addition to
our fleet is a testament to UPS's commitment to environmental sustainability."
The addition of these liquid propane vehicles brings UPS Canada's total
alternative fuel fleet to 765. The new liquid propane technology, developed in
the United States, will allow the new vehicles to realize comparable fuel
economy to their original gasoline systems, providing a minimum range of 300
kilometres per tank.
Propane is non-toxic and low in carbon and reactive hydrocarbon
emissions, as well as low in sulphide. It is also more readily accessible in
Canada than anywhere else in the world.
The cost of manufacturing the liquid propane vehicles is 14 per cent
higher than diesel-powered trucks and 25 per cent higher than conventional
However, the use of propane fuel can extend engine life, reduce the need
for frequent servicing and is also 47 per cent more cost effective than
"Being environmentally friendly and economical, these new liquid propane
vehicles are better suited than most other alternative fuel vehicles to
withstand Canada's often frigid winter temperatures," added Clark.
The liquid propane vehicles will be dispersed throughout the country,
including 130 in Ontario, 13 in Quebec, 14 in British Columbia and 10 in
Globally, UPS operates 1,819 alternative-fuel vehicles - the most in the
transportation industry - which include fuel technologies such as compressed
and liquefied natural gas, electric, hybrid electric and propane vehicles. The
company also operates 20,000 low-emission conventional vehicles and has been
advancing alternative fuel technologies since the 1930s.
UPS pursues a wide range of socially responsible and sustainable business
practices designed to reduce impact on the environment and improve communities
around the world. UPS is included in the Dow Jones and FTSE4Good
Sustainability Indexes, which evaluate corporations based on economic,
environmental and social criteria. Learn more about UPS's responsible business
practices at www.responsibility.ups.com.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a
global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century
of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade
expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta,
GA., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company
can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit
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