Ryder System is expanding its pioneering natural gas truck leasing program with an order for nearly 40 more vehicles: 19 International DuraStar 4300-series trucks with 7.6-liter spark engines by Emissions Solutions, Inc. and 20 China-chassis vehicles from Greenkraft with 6.0-liter GM engines.
Greenkraft is to deliver the 20 trucks in November.
It hopes to take an order for 20 more, says sales VP Frank Ziegler.
The vehicles will range in GVW from 26,000 to 33,000 pounds, and are to be deployed in Southern California’s Sanbag area by the third quarter, says Ryder supply management VP Scott Perry. The straight trucks mark a program departure, he says, as they are lower-mileage vehicles than the program’s initial tractors.
Northern California Next?
Sanbag is the San Bernardino Associated Governments, which helped fund the initial $38.7 million Ryder project with the support of ACT Expo organizer GNA. Ryder CNG trucks have also been put to work by Budweiser distributor Golden Eagle in Arizona (with Trillium CNG for fueling), and by the recycler UBCR in Michigan (F&F, October 31).
“We’re continuing to explore other vehicle classes,” says Perry – trucks with the ISX12 G engine, for example, are on their way, he said Thursday. New areas, too: watch for Ryder natural gas rentals in Northern California soon.
Greenkraft Adds an 8.8
Greenkraft introduced an 8.8-liter natural gas engine at ACT Expo, adapting a Caterpillar block for road use, and will seek both U.S. EPA and California certifications.
Greenkraft offers a range of Class 3-7 cab-forward trucks based on chassis from JAC, China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company. The firm has already certified its 6.0-liter compressed natural gas models for 2012. JAC ships gliders to California, where Greenkraft installs engines and fuel systems. Greenkraft uses CNG regulators from ITT Conoflow, and CNG injectors from Bosch.
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