Natural Gas & Diesel Vehicle Maintenance for Lease & Rental Customers
Ryder System has opened a new maintenance facility capable of servicing natural gas vehicles in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. It’s the company’s third in Southern California designed from the start to handle NGVs.
“We are happy to provide our customers in the Los Angeles County area with state-of-the-art diesel and natural gas vehicle maintenance services, expert technicians, and a wide selection of the latest commercial rental vehicles,” Ryder global fleet management solutions president Dennis Cooke said in a release.
Ryder says it’s the leader in NGVs for commercial transportation, with more than 30 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 1,134 natural gas vehicle trained technicians. Ryder said last month that it’s providing training in NGVs for all of its 6,000-some-odd technicians at 800 facilities (F&F, February 18).
‘Natural Gas Vehicles Will Continue to Grow’
“Ryder fully believes that natural gas vehicles will continue to grow in the portfolio of fleet owners,” says maintenance and quality operations VP Mel Kirk,
“As such,” Kirk says, “we want our technicians to have a base level understanding of the difference in the vehicles versus a conventional diesel. Ryder’s objective with training all technicians on a general level of NGV maintenance is to ensure that if a customer has an emergent need outside of their home location, then our shops will be able to support them and give them the best level of information.”
Ryder NGVs for Ten States and Canada
Ryder noted too today that it’s begun deployment of compressed natural gas liquefied natural gas vehicles into customer fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada.
Add Illinois too, as just this month, Gain Clean Fuel spread the word about a new Ryder-supplied CNG fleet, Midwest Cargo Systems, in the Chicago area (F&F, March 6).
Ryder offers LCNG fueling at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations, which were the coimpany’s first too offer NGV support from the start. Ryder also offers LNG fueling at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.
Since kicking off its natural gas vehicle program in 2011 (with the help of GNA/ Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, now the publisher of Fleets & Fuels; F&F, January 29), Ryder vehicles have displaced approximately 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with lower emission, domestically produced natural gas.
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