CNG Trucks for California Lease & Rent: 20 Greenkraft, 19 Navistar
Ryder System has branched into light and medium duty compressed natural gas vehicles in California, taking delivery of 39 CNG trucks said to be “the first of their kind available for lease or rent in North America.”
Ryder is deploying 20 CNG-fueled, JAC-chassis Greenkraft cab-over vehicles with 6.0-liter GM engines and 19 Navistar International TranStar trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines.
The CNG trucks range in gross vehicle weight from 16,000 to 33,000 pounds. They will be maintained at Ryder’s natural gas-compliant California maintenance facilities in Orange, Fontana (where a grand opening is slated for July 10), Rancho Dominguez and West Sacramento.
“Unlike heavy duty natural gas vehicles, which require fueling stations designed to accommodate large commercial tractor-trailers, these lighter vehicles are able to access much of the existing retail CNG fueling infrastructure, which will increase their usability to a broader range of commercial fleet customers in California,” Ryder said.
“By offering CNG-powered trucks in a medium duty configuration, Ryder is demonstrating its dedication to making natural gas commercial vehicles available for this important market segment,” Navistar sales director Kevin Keene says in a Ryder release.
The 39 new vehicles “represent an expansion of Ryder’s 300-plus heavy duty natural gas vehicle fleet,” Ryder says, noting its deployment two years ago of 202 heavy duty trucks via a “groundbreaking” Southern California project with SANBAG, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (F&F, April 11, 2011).
Ryder’s natural gas fleet also includes vehicles based in Arizona, Michigan and Louisiana.
Chris Nordh is senior manager for alternative fuels and finance at Ryder headquarters in Miami.
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