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March 27, 2008 4:00 PM, EDT
UPS Puts 167 CNG Delivery Vans Into Service
UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. said Thursday it has put 167 compressed-natural-gas-powered delivery vehicles into service in Texas, Georgia and California.

The alternate-fuel vehicles are expected to improve fuel economy by 10% compared with the company’s standard diesel-powered delivery vans.

Previous CNG vehicles in UPS’ fleet were converted from gasoline and diesel vehicles in the 1980s to run on alternative fuels. The new vehicles are originally manufactured for alternative fuel use.

Besides the new delivery vans, UPS said it has about 800 other CNG-powered vehicles in its fleet.

UPS is ranked No. 1 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.