More than 6,000 Maintenance and Service Employees Across 800 Facilities
Ryder System said this morning that it will train all of its North American maintenance personnel to handle natural gas vehicles – a move affecting more than 6,000 maintenance and service employees across a network of 800 maintenance facilities.
“The program will provide the company’s technician workforce with knowledge of all natural gas vehicle platforms and configurations,” Ryder said.
“Now is an appropriate time to ensure Ryder’s technician workforce at every facility is aware of the basic requirements for servicing the new technology,” Ryder Vice maintenance and quality operations VP Melvin Kirk said in a release.
‘A Proactive Investment’
“More and more of our customers are exploring this advanced fuel solution,” Kirk said. “Ryder is building on its leadership position by making a proactive investment to ensure our maintenance employees are knowledgeable and skilled in the safe operation and maintenance of natural gas vehicles.”
Ryder noted that it has logged more than 30 million miles (F&F, January 29) on natural gas since its first deployment in 2011. The firm now has 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians.
Ryder has deployed NGVs with fleet customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana.
About 90% of the Ryder’s NGVs are fueled by compressed natural gas. The company has fielded LNG/liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks in California, Texas, Utah and Georgia.
Ryder says further that since first deploying NGVs in 2011, it “has replaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission domestically produced natural gas.”
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