UPS says it plans to purchase 1,000 propane-powered package delivery trucks for use in Oklahoma and Louisiana this year.
In a news release, United Parcel Service says the investment in propane vehicles and infrastructure will total approximately $70 million. It also says it will build 50 propane fueling stations at UPS locations across the U.S.
The propane fleet will replace gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles used largely in rural areas in Oklahoma. The vehicles on these routes can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane.
"The opportunity to road test new propane vehicles and fueling equipment with one of the most sophisticated fleets in the country is a major milestone for the propane industry," said Roy Willis, president and CEO of Propane Education & Research Council.
"This announcement is the culmination of many entities bringing together the best in propane technology to achieve the greatest economic and environmental results."
UPS says the new trucks will begin operating by mid-2014.