UPS Freight adds LNG tractors

UPS Freight has announced the addition of 64 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractors to its fleet. The tractors, which are based in Harrisburg, US, join UPS’s worldwide fleet of more than 2,500 natural gas vehicles.

“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 Vice President-Fleet. “By adding these tractors to the UPS Freight fleet, we are aligning ourselves with the enterprise’s commitment to use natural gas as a reliable alternative to traditional fuel.”

The new tractors replace older generation diesel-engine power units and will be used on designated routes in UPS Freight’s less-than-truckload operations. They are expected to reduce tailpipe emissions and average 600 miles to the tank.

The addition will bring the total of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles worldwide to nearly 5,500. The UPS fleet includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, compressed natural gas, LNG, propane, biomethane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles. UPS has stated an aim to drive 1bn miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2017.