More than 500 Trucks Serving More than 40 Customer Operations
Ryder System is celebrating the milestone of 20 million miles powered by natural gas by its fleet of more than 500 natural gas trucks. The fleet consists of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas straight trucks and tractors serving more than 40 customer operations in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia, and Louisiana.
“Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced approximately 3.1 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestically produced natural gas,” the company says, while reducing emissions by the equivalent of more than 559,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“This latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s continued leadership in commercial natural gas vehicle solutions and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to assist companies who seek alternatives to reduce fuel costs, carbon output, and meet their environmental objectives,” Ryder chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez said in a release.
Following the Market
“As a provider of full service lease, commercial rental, and dedicated transportation 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.”
“We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of the marketplace and developing the solutions that will help drive the industry forward,” Sanchez said.
Ryder is adding NGV-capable maintenance centers in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Dallas and Fort Worth, Shreveport, La., Atlanta, and Charleston, W.Va., Ryder supply management VP Scott Perry said in last week’s ACT Expo leasing webinar.
“There’s a tremendous amount of interest from our customer base,” he said.
Ryder’s CNG trucks range in gross vehicle weight from 16,000 to 33,000 pounds “and are ideal for metro/city delivery applications,” the company says. In heavier vehicles, Ryder is adding the sleeper version of the Cascadia 113 Natural Gas tractor that was unveiled just last week at the MATS 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky (F&F, March 25).
Trying CNG Without Buying
“Customers can tap into Ryder’s extensive knowledge of natural gas and rapidly evolving alternative fuels maintenance network, along with its highly trained and experienced technicians, to ensure the safe operation, maintenance, and fueling of natural gas vehicles,” the company says, noting that the Ryder alt fuels sales team can also advise which vehicle configurations work best for specific applications.
Ryder say too that it can “leverage its knowledge of emerging fleet technologies and government rebates and tax incentive programs to help reduce natural gas vehicle costs for customers and offer more competitive lease and rental rates in those areas that offer incentives.”
Ryder monitors public and private incentive programs in 47 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada.
Ryder’s “Flex-to-Green Lease” program allows customers to start with a diesel-powered vehicle with the option to convert to a natural gas vehicle at any time following the first full year of the lease.
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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up