Monarch Beverage of Indianapolis has invested heavily in compressed natural gas (CNG) technology for its fleet. The company will have 80
CNG trucks in its fleet by the end of the year and spent $450,000 on upgrades to its maintenance facility so it could work on the vehicles.
Despite the lower cost of the fuel,
natural gas powered vehicles are a
sliver of the overall transport market —
and will likely remain that way for some
time. The International Energy Agency’s
recent World Energy Outlook report
said that diesel fuel will remain the
dominant fuel between now and 2035.
Globally, the report suggested that natural gas would make up only 2% in the
heavy-duty transport market by 2035.
Britt said over the next five to
10 years, he expects UPS to slowly increase its number of vehicles
run on alternatives. The company
announced this spring that it was adding nearly 700 LNG vehicles by the
end of 2014.
“With a fleet of 100,000 vehicles,
we retire about 10,000 a year,” Britt
said. “Out of that 10,000 replacement,
I don’t think we’d be over 10% alter-
In some applications, CNG and
LNG make a lot of sense. Fred Dufour
began looking at natural gas engines
for his company’s truck fleet because
he wanted to minimize risk.