UPS Natural Gas Fleet Expansion Can Impact Chattanoogans

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Updated: 5/02/2013 3:26 pm

CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)- UPS plan to pump 18 million dollars into their Tennessee and Texas fleets that could have a wider impact on  the cars we drive and how we fuel them.

     A local mechanic and gas convertor,"There's a demand because the fuel, is cleaner, cheaper and Americans want to stop sending their money overseas, the alternatives available, we have natural gas under line basically to every house, you could potentially fill up in your own home."

Joshua's company Kar Inc are already in talks with local businesses about converting their fleets to Propane and Natural Gas.

Kristen Petrella of UPS Global told news 12.

"We will have 30 to 40% lower fuel costs, 25% less emissions and aim to bring these trucks to east TN roads by at least 2014."

AGL Resources in Atlanta told News12 that they have recently signed a contract with UPS to make sure natural gas will be available in east TN and are excited about the project.

Pat Riley of Tennessee Gas Association says the Volunteer state is ready for gas cars.

"What we are trying to do is enlighten people here in the South East, to the advantage of using natural gas, because it's our fuel and that way we don't have to import a billion dollars a day of oil."

Jonathan Overly Director of East TN clean Fuels Coalition says local businesses are eager to follow in UPS's footsteps.

"1,1.50, 2 dollars per gallon, how long does it take to get that return on their investment? we are having those conversations, but we are getting more and more fleets contacting us and asking us questions."

AGL Resources in Atlanta told News12 that they have recently signed a contract with UPS to make sure natural gas will be available in east TN and are excited about the project.

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