23 CNG Tractors Are Ryder’s First for Lease in Louisiana
Ryder System has a deal for its first CNG-fueled rental trucks in Louisiana, as it is to place 23 Freightliner M2 vehicles with Eagle Distributing of Shreveport. “The CNG tractors will replace nearly all of Eagle’s existing diesel-powered delivery fleet,” Ryder says.
Ryder will provide maintenance for the 23 natural gas Freightliners from its Shreveport service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards.
The Eagle placement extends Ryder’s previous California, Arizona, and Michigan natural gas truck offerings.
“By changing out these 23 vehicles, Eagle will cut its greenhouse gas emissions from its current 878 tons down to 670 tons, which will be a reduction of 24%,” Eagle operations manager Doug Jones says in the Ryder announcement.
‘CNG Vehicles Will Continue to Gain Momentum’
“We are committed and will continue to change out more vehicles this year and in the years to come until all our vehicles are converted to CNG,” he said.
“With the availability and planned growth of natural gas fueling infrastructure in our service area in Louisiana, we believe CNG vehicles will continue to gain momentum as an environmentally beneficial and cost-competitive alternative,” said Eagle president Brad Nichols.
Eagle is an Anheuser-Busch distributor. Founded in June 1992 by Robert and Pam Nichols as a family-owned and locally operated company, the firm wholesales beer, wine, liquor and non-alcohol products in the Louisiana parishes of Caddo, Claiborne, Bienville, Bossier, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster, and Winn.
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