Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology

Alternative Fuels Drive UPS to Innovative Solutions

Moving nearly 16 million packages around the world each day requires operating a large ground and air fleet. Reducing fuel consumption and emissions is a constant priority and challenge. UPS’s long-term goal is to minimize dependence on fossil fuels by improving operational efficiencies and advancing new technologies. The company’s emissions reduction strategy includes reducing fuel consumption and deploying alternative fuel and low emissions vehicles.

UPS operates one of the largest private alternative fuel fleet in its industry, which includes more than 2,700 compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, hydraulic hybrid, electric, biomethane, ethanol, composite vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. Since 2000 alone, UPS's alternative fuel fleet traveled more than 296 million miles making deliveries to homes and businesses. The company’s global alternative fuel fleet includes vehicles in the U.S., Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Chile, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

UPS developed and continues to enhance its fleet using a "rolling laboratory" philosophy – using its alternative fuel fleet as a way to learn about how new technologies and advancements can be adapted for use in a large delivery fleet. The company has invested over US$15 million to deploy significant numbers of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet. While maintaining its current alternative fuel vehicles, UPS is also working with manufacturers, government agencies and non-profit organizations to advance new fuel technologies.

The UPS Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology fleet is logging miles by the millions every year – and the pace has been accelerating. Taking the year 2000 as a baseline, it took UPS more than five years to reach the 100 million mark. It took less time than that to travel another 100 million and we anticipate that it will take even less time to travel the next 200 million miles. Our goal is to set the 400 million mile marker in 2017.

To learn more about the vehicles in UPS's alternative fuel fleet,  visit the UPS pressroom.