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Old 07-07-2015, 11:13 PM   #1
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Had an interesting conversation with the UPS driver today, after I saw his Propane Powered step van...

His depot is 45 miles north of where we met.
His step van gets 5.8 mpg, his fuel range is 200 miles.

The ONLY place he can refuel is 15 miles south of where we actually were, or another place 38 miles west of us.

He cannot cross state lines to go into a larger city that refuels propane because of territorial boundaries. (Arkansas is 20 miles to our east)

And he cannot refuel at a large RV dealership in our town, because they don't accept his fuel card.

Why would a incredibly large company put such strict boundaries on a delivery unit?

Round trip just to our town (city to city) is 1/2 his fuel consumption... so, he runs his route with it constantly in the back of his mind to retain enough fuel to get home.

He said "they didn't think this one through and it was 8 months before they finally placed a propane refill station at the depot."

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Old 07-07-2015, 11:23 PM   #2
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UPS New Propane Powered Delivery Trucks Expands Alternative Fuel Fleet

UPS is rolling out a new fleet of 1,000 propane-powered delivery trucks in Oklahoma and Louisiana. The trucks will hit the road soon in – mid-2014 – and replace gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles currently being used in that part of the country.
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I hope they don't carry that trend over to their planes!!!!!!
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I hope they don't carry that trend over to their planes!!!!!!
The airlines are working on algae-derived biofuel blending with Jet-A.

And yeah, UPS really didn't think that out. Here in Atlantic County, we have one CNG station, that's the AC Jitney depot. CNG and propane fleets should have their fueling needs planned out before launching into service, in regards to fueling, range, etc. Otherwise, it's just a PR gimmick
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Drove CNG bus/van. One station within our service area and sometimes it was non-op. PITA for sure. Can't just bring a can of fuel and dump it in.
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