Twin Facilities by GP Strategies for Both CNG and LNG Vehicles:
‘A Critical Milestone Demonstrating Ryder’s Commitment’ to AFVs
Ryder Systems has opened two public access natural gas vehicle fueling stations in Southern California, and says they’re the first in North America to support both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers.
Both of the stations, in Fontana and Orange, Calif., provide liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas via an LCNG design. Contractor GP Strategies (formerly known as General Physics) also upgraded the Ryder garages for safe NGV operation and fueling, says GP VP Mike Mackey.
The two stations “are part of a larger project which will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon natural gas,” Ryder says.
‘Our Business Model Puts Us in a Unique Position’
Their opening is “the culmination” of commitments made as part of a 38.7 million project with Sanbag, the San Bernardino Associated Governments. Other funding partners besides Ryder were SCAG, the Southern California Association of Governments, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the California Energy Commission.
“The completion of these two LCNG fueling stations is a critical milestone demonstrating Ryder’s commitment to the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles,” Ryder chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez said in a release.
“As a provider of full service lease, commercial rental fleet, and third party logistics services, our business model puts us in a unique position to enable more fleets to convert to natural gas and realize the benefits of this cost-effective, clean, and domestic energy source.”
Ryder’s investment in fueling infrastructure “will further support the wider adoption of natural gas vehicles for commercial transportation,” Sanchez said.
Sanbag director of management and air quality and mobility programs Duane Baker agrees. He told F&F that Ryder is an “ideal partner” for the NGV program – better than a conventional fleet operator because Ryder by its nature spreads the word about the clean trucks to a wider range of potential operators.
The Sanbag project involved an initial 202 trucks. Ryder has since added more vehicles in Arizona, Michigan, and Louisiana, and augmented the initial fleet of Kenworth and Paccar vehicles with 39 lighter trucks from Greenkraft (20) and Navistar International (19; F&F, June 21).
At both of the new Southern California stations, Ryder’s contractual customers will be able to access LNG and CNG pump areas specifically configured for large commercial vehicles. Drivers of passenger vehicles and light duty trucks will be able to access CNG pumps in a separate area.
Chris Nordh is senior manager for alternative fuels and finance at Ryder headquarters in Miami.
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