UPS buys LNG trucks powered by Westport systems

Trucks to help displace 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually

February 22, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

VANCOUVER: UPS has purchased heavy-duty, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by systems from Vancouver-based Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations said the new trucks would 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. This will provide an LNG trucking corridor from California to Utah.

The US 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 will fund the trucks and fuelling stations.

The DOE said the LNG trucks would help displace about 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually.

“Connecting California’s existing LNG fuelling stations with developing ones in Utah will create valuable LNG capability on a busy goods movement corridor,” said Clark Quintin, president of Westport HD.

The Westport HD system consists of the GX 15-litre engine, Westport fuel injectors, LNG fuel tanks with integrated cryogenic fuel pumps, along with associated electronic components to facilitate robust performance and reliable operation. The Westport HD GX engine is certified and compliant to 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission standards in North America.

UPS now has 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.