Three CNG Trucks to Make Five 500-Mile Round Trips Daily
Ryder System is taking compressed natural gas trucks to its home state of Florida, reporting an agreement to lease three CNG trucks to M&B Products, “a state-of-the-art eco-friendly dairy farm.” The new trucks for M&B will be maintained by Ryder at its Tampa service facility, which it says has been engineered to handle natural gas trucks.
M&B produces, manufactures, and packages fruit juices, milk, yogurt, and water in a variety of packages including cartons, cups, and pouches under an assortment of brand names, Ryder says. The company will use the new CNG vehicles to support a fleet that services distributors from Tampa to Miami.
“Adding natural gas heavy duty trucks to our delivery fleet aligns with our efforts to raise the bar on eco-friendly farming,” M&B Products transportation consultant, Mike McGucken says in a Ryder release.
‘Drop and Hook’
The trucks are Freightliner Cascadia vehicles, McGucken told F&F. M&B expects to make five 500-mile trips daily between Miami and Tampa: “a drop and hook operation at each end,” he says.
The natural gas vehicles are being made available through M&B Product’s participation in the Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate Program, funded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ryder notes. The program provides eligible applicants a rebate worth up to $25,000 on each vehicle for the cost of conversion or the incremental cost incurred by an applicant in connection with the conversion, purchase, or lease for a minimum term of five years.
Ryder notes that it has more than 30 million miles of experience, 17 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 2,200 NGV trained technicians, and has “initiated deployment of natural gas vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas (F&F, May 22), California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, and Quebec, Canada.”
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