United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said it will spend $70 million to buy 1,000 delivery trucks powered by propane and build 50 fueling stations as it expands one of the largest private alternative-energy fleets in the U.S.
The trucks will replace gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in rural areas of Louisiana and Oklahoma, with future expansion to other states, according to plans the Atlanta-based company will make public later today. Propane is cheaper and burns cleaner than those traditional fuels.
The propane trucks will expand by 32 percent the company’s global fleet of 3,150 alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles, which includes electric, hybrid electric and compressed and liquefied natural gas models. UPS operates more than 96,000 vehicles to deliver small packages.
“Propane is less volatile than gasoline or diesel, it’s nontoxic and is a clean-burning fuel, which is what got us very interested,” Chief Operating Officer David Abney said in an interview. “It’s really ideal for rural areas and locations where we have smaller fleets.”
Propane costs about $1.25 to $1.50 a gallon less than gasoline or diesel and gets similar mileage, Abney said. UPS may consider expanding its U.S. propane-vehicle fleet, in part depending on the expense for fueling stations, he said.
By providing propane, you maximize your profit and offer the best value for your customers. Here are 5 reasons why your business should offer Propane Refill services:
Providing propane enhances a convenient one-stop shopping experience for your customers. It also increases store traffic and cross-sell opportunities adding to more profits for you.
2. Maximize Your Profits. Provide your customers with another reason to visit your location; it all adds up! Offering cylinder refill doesn’t just mean refilling grill cylinders. It also enables you to refill all types of portable propane cylinders to fulfill your customer needs including: motor homes, patio heaters, campers, builders, lawn mowers, plumbers, roofers and more.
You may have noticed our sleek new look for our propane exchange tanks. Don’t worry – it’s still the same great tanks and propane, just with a facelift. In the spirit of this change, we thought we would take you on a trip down memory lane to show you have we have changed over time, to fit the needs of valued AmeriGas customers, like you!
Since the beginning of AmeriGas in 1959, we have sought to provide our customers with the most reliable, safest and most responsive propane service in the nation. By 1997, we wanted to find a way to bring more value to you, the customer, much like we did with propane applications for your home and business.
Considering alternative fuel vehicles for your fleet? Learn from public and private fleet managers that have been down this road before. The Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo webinar series provides a small preview of the fleet-focused educational content that will be offered at ACT Expo 2014, May 5-8. The conference will showcase dozens of fleet case studies, the latest OEM technologies, fueling infrastructure solutions, total cost of ownership, zero-emission vehicle trends, and more across all alternative fuels and weight classes.
Register to participate in a free one-hour webinar on February 26 to learn the Basics of Alternative Fuel Station Design. Learn how to develop cost-effective and operationally sound charging and fueling infrastructure for your fleet operations. Attendees will gain insights on developing specifications and performance requirements, vendor selection and project cost estimating, permitting and code compliance, fuel procurement and contracting options, personnel training, and more.
If you’re considering propane autogas or other alternative fuels for your fleet, the upcoming Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo webinar is designed for you! Taking place Wednesday,February 26, this free webcast will cover the “Basics of Alternative Fuel Station Design” for propane autogas and other alternative fuel vehicles. The ACT Expo webinar series is geared toward fleet managers looking for a step-by-step guide to successfully and cost effectively deploy alternative fuel vehicles, and offers a preview of the educational sessions taking place at ACT Expo this May 5-8 in Long Beach, California.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Magnum Power Products have teamed up to create a new lighting source for jobsites. It’s a solar-power light tower with a propane-fueled backup called the Magnum MLT4000S Solar Hybrid Light Tower. This product allows the jobsite to have consistent lighting if necessary, and contractors know that every time they flip the switch, they will get an equally reliable product compared to the ones they are used to running. The solar panels charge the light tower’s battery, and in the case the battery’s power is run-down, the propane-backup generator will kick in to recharge the battery, ensuring continuous operation.
Susan Roush-McClenaghan’s propane powered Mustang.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it’s only right to take a minute to talk about something Metro Lawn loves – like our Roush Drag Racing team. Spring is just around the corner and that means racing season is gearing up. Who doesn’t love racing season? From drag racing to NASCAR, race fans all over the world love the fast cars, the incredible speed and even the smell of burnt oil you’ll find at any racetrack.
What do we love about Roush Drag Racing? Drivers Susan Roush-McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles are the only team to compete with propane, and have proven it is a highly competitive racing fuel. Roush-McClenaghan states; “When it was first announced (we were using propane), many thought the idea Roush fielding a propane-fuel drag car was a bit of a gimmick. We all understand that propane burns cleaner than gasoline, but can it really be competitive on the race track?”
Wintry weather is nothing new to us – we have been safely and reliably delivering to our customers in all 50 states through the coldest of winters for decades. But due to the unusual weather most of the country is experiencing, we wanted to update you on what we are doing to ensure your propane needs are met. As our customer, you can be confident that your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are our primary concerns. We invest heavily in our equipment, systems and employees each year to ensure that we are safe, responsive and reliable, no matter the weather.
Tonight, the Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi, Russia, kick off with the opening ceremonies. There are so many big moments in every opening ceremony, but the one moment that always stands out is the lighting of the Olympic Flame from the iconic Olympic Torch. Quite a lot of development and technology goes into the flame for the Olympic Torch. Have you ever wondered how the traveling torch works and remains fueled to stay lit? Let’s begin by reviewing when and where the Olympic Torch originated from.
One of the additional “pros” of propane: engines running on the fuel have no problem running at colder-than-average temperatures. As reported in NGT News recently: “Blue Bird…student-services fleets that were running propane buses during the recent ‘polar vortex’ reported no problems starting or operating their vehicles.”
Leslie Sheldon of All Star Transportation in Torrington, CT said: “The temperature here dipped as low as minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit…the propane autogas buses made the lives of our technicians and bus drivers easier, as the buses started perfectly and came up to temperature promptly.”
Also recorded is the report of an owner in eastern Wisconsin, who reported “easy starting… and less headaches,” when compared to other fuel sources. In Wisconsin, the temperature had dropped to -27 degrees Fahrenheit!
When times get tough, the tough get going. Enter the AmeriGas Airborne Team. The Airborne Team is a select group of AmeriGas employees recruited to assist in delivering propane in specific areas of the country where help is needed most due to extreme weather conditions. This team gives us extra capacity to meet customer needs at critical times, and it can make all the difference.
The Airborne Team was out in force to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and in the wake of this past month’s extreme temperatures and soaring demand, we’re now deploying Airborne Team members to lend a helping hand in a number of states, from Vermont to Missouri to South Carolina, to name a few.