Eastern Pennsylvania
Alliance for Clean Transportation

A member of the US DOE’s Clean Cities Program

Past Projects / The Keystone State LNG Conversion Initiative

 Impact Overview

Number of Vehicles Converted:  20

Petroleum Displacement:  479,720 gal per year
Greenhouse Gas Reduction:   4,701 tons per year

   Project Partners

United Parcel Service

Current Progress

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Project Description

The Keystone State LNG Conversion Initiative seeks to help UPS convert to LNG for long haul applications. Our project will utilize our centralized location near the convergence of 3 interstate highways to help construct UPS's 1st public LNG refueling site. Our project will consist of building a LNG site that will be anchored by a fleet of 20 Class 8 tractors. This project will help stimulate the use of LNG as an alternative to gasoline and diesel for long haul applications.
 
Our project will utilize a prime location situated at our partner’s property whose address is 6060 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-2863. The Keystone State LNG Conversion Initiative refueling station will be situated within a 2 mile radius of the convergence of 3 interstate highways, including Route 81; Route 83 and the PA Turnpike (Route 76) and secondary routes 11 and 15. The easy on/off from these major trucking routes will provide our anchor tenant the ability to fuel as they run their routes throughout the state.
 
UPS currently has 4 LNG fueling facilities on the west coast located in Ontario CA, Phoenix AZ, Las Vegas NV, and Salt Lake City UT and operates approximately 112 LNG vehicles in that region. They are experienced in the usage and handling as well as management of facilities and operations. It is this experience that is needed in Pennsylvania to foster the growth and help educate others as to the benefits of utilizing LNG.
 
Our project will be anchored by a fleet of 20 Class 8 tractors. The vehicles are 2014 12 liter Mack Pinnacle LNG series with 192 gallons of storage per vehicle. These vehicles are all EPA certified systems, that we have experience utilizing in other areas of the country.
 
Our project will show better than normal air quality improvements by not only utilizing LNG but by retiring and replacing 20 old tractors that run exclusively of diesel fuel. The Keystone State LNG Conversion Initiative’s projected fuel displacement is 479,720 GGE per year. This was calculated by taking the lowest vehicle’s miles traveled per year in our current fleet which is 115,650 miles per vehicle. We divide that number by the mileage our current LNG vehicles attain, which is 5.4 miles per DGE which gives us 21,417 DGE’s per vehicle. And utilize the 1.12 GGE multiplier per DGE which equates to 23,986 GGE per vehicle. When we multiply this out through the 20 vehicles, our total GGE usage equates to 479,720 gallons per year of estimated fuel to be consumed. When we calculate this out over the minimum requirement of maintaining operations within the state of 6 years, the usage equates to 2,878,320 GGE used. The lower cost of LNG and the volume of the fuel utilized by this project make this project financially viable within 1.88 year according to the calculator used for calculating LNG payback.
 
The approximate annual fuel savings using LNG will be $334,783.00 per year over the current diesel price. When we calculate this out over the minimum requirement of maintaining operations within the state of 6 years, the savings is $2,008,698.00

These assumptions are noted in current conditions with the information from our fleet based on historical data. The payback will be faster if the cost of diesel rises or the cost of LNG decreases or both happen. The funding of this project will be the springboard needed to start their conversion of their Pennsylvania Fleet. UPS is committed to use alternative fuels where ever it makes sense.

EP-ACT with its new name and territory is committed to helping our partners and other fleets succeed within our state. By funding this project we will be able to educate other fleets the advantages of LNG within long haul applications. The financial commitment alone from our partner is over $5,000,000.00 between the building of the refueling site and the purchase of 20 new Class 8 tractors. The funding of this proposal will have far reaching implications and benefits beyond the scope of this project to UPS, and the entire Commonwealth and regional trucking that travel through the Keystone state.

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Sustaining Level Stakeholders

AQUA America  Clean Citiesdvrpc  Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 
PECOPA DEP    UPS Zarwin Baum



 

Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation
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Philadelphia, PA  19103

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