250 CNG and LNG Trucks Serving 32 Customer Operations
Ryder System has logged more than 6 million miles with its fleet of natural gas-fueled trucks, and says it’s “leveraging the scale of our natural gas vehicle program to improve our understanding of the technology.”
Ryder has 250 natural gas vehicles in its fleet consisting of 35 liquefied natural gas and 215 compressed natural gas tractors, currently running in 32 customer operations in California, Arizona, and Michigan.
Since launching the natural gas truck program less than a year and a half ago (F&F, May 9, 2011), the vehicles have displaced approximately 923,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Ryder says, and reduced carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by more than 2,300 metric tons.
“Ryder is uniquely positioned to help the alternative fuel vehicle industry reach critical mass,” Ryder chairman and CEO Greg Swienton said in a release.
“Our commercial rental and leasing model enables businesses to take advantage of these new technologies with less downtime and other risks associated with ownership. We will continue to help businesses jump-start their alternative fuel programs with innovative solutions that drive both environmental and cost-saving benefits.”
“We are also leveraging the scale of our natural gas vehicle program to improve our understanding of the technology and to provide input about our experiences to manufacturers and other stakeholders,” Swienton said. “We are committed to sharing these insights so the market can continue to make investments that ultimately bring down cost and improve performance of new technologies like natural gas vehicles.”
Ryder says too alternative fuels sales team can also help advise businesses determine which vehicle configurations work best for their specific applications.
GNA Was There
Ryder became the first outsourced fleet provider to offer heavy duty natural gas vehicles for the leasing and rental industry through a groundbreaking natural gas vehicle project with the San Bernardino Associated Governments in Southern California. Ryder’s partnership with SANBAG and the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition includes the deployment of 202 heavy duty natural gas-powered vehicles, made available to customers for rent or lease or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services.
As part of the project, Ryder is building two natural gas fueling stations and has equipped three maintenance facilities for the indoor servicing of natural gas vehicles in Fontana, Orange, and Rancho Dominguez, Calif.
The $38.7 million project is being funded as part of a joint public/private industry partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and Ryder. Grants were secured with the aid of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, and the San Bernardino ribbon-cutting was held in conjunction with GNA’s ACT Expo 2011 in Long Beach, Calif. Ryder CEO Swienton was a keynote speaker at ACT Expo 2012, also in Long Beach.
ACT Expo 2013 is being held June 24-27 in Washington, D.C.
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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up
Ryder System VP Scott Perry, Gladstein Neandross & Associates CEO Erik Neandross, and Freightliner natural gas truck sales manager Bob Carrick celebrated the 1,000 natural gas truck from Daimler Trucks North America, which was handed over to Ryder in Anaheim, Calif. on November 7, 2011. Now, one year later, Ryder is celebrating 6 million miles on the clean-burning fuel.