UPS ‘Green Fleet' Passes 100 Million Miles Mark
– UPS’ fleet of alternative-fuel trucks has hit a major milestone, traveling more than 100 million miles to deliver packages to homes and businesses. According to a company press release, the total mileage accumulated since 2000 now stands at 108 million miles, or the equivalent of circling the Earth more than 4,337 times or traveling from Earth to Venus four-and-a-half times.
UPS has invested more than $15 million in its alternative-fuel fleet, which is currently operating hydrogen fuel cell, liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, electric, and propane-powered trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, and Brazil. UPS also has partnered with government agencies and major corporations to help advance the state of vehicle technology, including two such partnerships with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UPS, the EPA, and DaimlerChrysler are working together to obtain practical knowledge about operating hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in a commercial delivery fleet.
UPS’ second partnership with the EPA includes building and testing the world’s first hydraulic, hybrid, urban, delivery vehicle. This multi-phase project includes two UPS truck prototypes with different full-series hydraulic hybrid drivetrains. UPS also said it will add 50 hybrid electric vehicles to its fleet over the next year.