Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
UPS Announces Liquefied Natural Gas Truck Fleet Expansion
Westport Innovations today announced UPS's commitment for liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD Systems. The new heavy-duty trucks will be used in interstate operations for the Ontario, California to Las Vegas, Nevada route.
UPS plans to build publicly accessible LNG fuel stations in Las Vegas and will be able to access existing fuel stations in Ontario, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, thus filling in an LNG trucking corridor from California to Utah. Funding for the trucks and fuelling stations is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District's UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The DOE estimates that the LNG trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually.
"UPS has shown environmental leadership in expanding their natural gas fleet of delivery vehicles to a fleet of heavy-duty interstate trucks powered by Westport HD," said Clark Quintin, President of Westport HD. "Connecting California's existing LNG fuelling stations with developing ones in Utah will create valuable LNG capability on a busy goods movement corridor."
"Investment in a fuel-efficient technology that helps reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our dependence on petroleum remains a key component of UPS's transport strategy," said Mike Britt, director of vehicle engineering at UPS
. "For our heavy-duty vehicles, LNG has proved successful in reducing emissions, keeping our maintenance and operating costs low and significantly reducing our dependence on petroleum for these shipping lanes."
The Westport HD System consists of the GX 15-litre engine, proprietary Westport
fuel injectors, LNG fuel tanks with integrated cryogenic fuel pumps, and associated electronic components to facilitate robust performance and reliable operation. The Westport HD GX engine is certified and compliant to 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission standards in North America.
UPS will now boast a fleet of more than 1,100 natural gas trucks including compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery vehicles powered by Cummins Westport engines and the current order of LNG tractors.
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