Ryder Rides Saddle Creek into Texas, Blu in Utah and Georgia
Ryder System’s efforts to provide natural gas-fueled trucks for lease is gaining momentum, as the Florida-based company has disclosed deals for 30 compressed natural gas-fueled trucks for Saddle Creek in Texas (and one in Louisiana), and 55 liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks for Blu in Utah and Georgia.
The 30 CNG-fueled Freightliner Cascadia trucks (with 11.9 Cummins Westport ISX12 G engines) for Saddle Creek in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are the first Ryder NGVs in Texas.
The 35 LNG-fueled Peterbilt 386 tractors for Blu in Salt Lake City, with the 15-liter high pressure direct injection engine and LNG fuel system from Westport Innovations, are the first Ryder NGVs for Utah.
Blu’s ten Peterbilt 384 and 15 Freightliner Cascadia trucks for Atlanta, all powered by the ISX12 G, are the first Ryder NGVs for Georgia.
Saddle Creek, Ryder notes, is a 47-year-old, family-owned, third party logistics provider offering comprehensive integrated logistics services from locations across the contiguous 48 states.
Saddle Creek will take delivery of its new CNG vehicles during the first quarter of 2014, Ryder says.
“Because this is such a leading-edge technology, relationships like the one we have established with Ryder are critical to our success,” Saddle Creek president Mike DelBovo says in the Ryder release.
TERP Support in Texas
The new NGVs are being made available through Ryder’s participation in the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP), funded by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) initiatives and administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Blu began to take delivery of its Ryder trucks for Salt Lake City in September and will receive its Atlanta vehicles in January, Ryder says. “Blu will make natural gas vehicles available to companies in these markets that are interested in testing the LNG trucks in their fleets for a first-hand opportunity to measure the results and savings that come from adopting a lower-cost fuel.
“Ryder is making investments to upgrade its existing maintenance facilities, one in Salt Lake City and one at its Fulton Industrial Center location outside of Atlanta, to meet the unique specifications required to service natural gas vehicles.”
Blu to Help Ryder Customers Fuel
Ryder and Blu have also entered into an agreement to jointly provide LNG fueling infrastructure at key Ryder facilities. The Fulton Industrial Center location will be the first of these co-located stations, supporting Ryder’s contract customers and will accept all major fleet cards.
In addition to its placement of natural gas trucks with Saddle Creek and Blu, Ryder recently reported a Flex-to-Green lease for ten new diesel trucks with the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, a Pittsburgh firm that’s been in business since 1902.
More than 320 Ryder NGVs
Pennsylvania Macaroni has been leasing trucks from Ryder during the past 12 years to supplement its existing private fleet of more than 14 vehicles, Ryder says.
Ryder says it has now deployed more than 320 CNG and LNG vehicles with more than 40 customers in California, New York, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana.
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