UPS recently unleashed 168 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) delivery vehicles onto the streets of Texas, Georgia, and California. The delivery company has been buffing up its environmental record these past few year: It shifted to dry washing its trucks in Georgia, spent $600 million on improving the efficiency of its operations, and outfitted some of their vehicles with a newfangled "hydraulic hybrid" propulsion system.
Of the 167 new CNG trucks, part of UPS's global alternative fuel fleet, 25 have been deployed in Dallas, 42 in Atlanta, and the remaining 100 in five California cities: 30 to Sacramento, 14 to Los Angeles, five to Ontario, 10 to San Ramon, and 41 to Fresno.
More than 800 CNG vehicles are already in use by UPS in the Untied States. While previous CNG trucks were converted from gasoline and diesel vehicles in the 1980s to run on alternative fuels, these new vehicles are manufactured explicitly for alternative-fuel use. They're expected to reduce emissions by 20 percent, and improve fuel economy by 10 percent, compared with the cleanest diesel engines you can get today. ::CSRWire