UPS launches compressed natural gas fleet in British Columbia

June 26, 2018. UPS is closer to its goal of having 50 per cent of its Canadian fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of 2018, adding seven new compressed natural gas (CNG) highway tractors and 40 delivery trucks to its more than 2,900 vehicles in the country.

   As part of a previously announced $500 million investment in UPS Canada, a CNG fueling station has also been built in Vancouver, B.C. in collaboration with FortisBC.

   CNG emits 6 - 11 per cent lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline throughout the fuel life cycle, UPS says.

   “This is the first Canadian province that UPS Canada chose to enter with natural gas vehicles because of the incentive funding provided by FortisBC which assists with the purchase of new CNG vehicles as well as our support in building and operating a fuelling station. UPS Canada now joins numerous fleet owners and operators across North America making the switch to natural gas so they can save on fuel costs and shrink their environmental footprint,” FortisBC CEO Roger Dall'Antonia said in a statement.

   UPS says it takes a “rolling laboratory” approach to its fleet.