Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Are Each to Get Seven Volvo VNLs
With Cummins Westport ISX12 G Engines, Quantum CNG Fuel Systems,
‘Stability of Natural Gas Fuel Costs,’ Environment Cited by Alpha’s Top Man
Ryder System’s fleet of leased compressed natural gas vehicles is expanding to Arkansas, where two existing Ryder customers have each signed up for seven new CNG-fueled Volvo tractors with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines from Cummins Westport. The new trucks will have fuel systems from Quantum.
The operators are Alpha Packaging, Inc. and Boyd Metals Transportation, LLC. Their CNG trucks will be maintained by Ryder at its Fort Smith, Ark. service facility, which is being refurbished for NGV support.
“Even with the recent drop in diesel fuel prices, the stability of natural gas fuel costs, along with the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicle technology, bring significant value to our fleet operation,” Alpha Packaging president Mike Stec says in Ryder’s Arkansas announcement. “Leasing natural gas trucks from Ryder helps us with our long-term transportation needs and aligns with our efforts to be a responsible, sustainable company.”
Alpha Building a Fueling Station
To support the new trucks, Alpha Packaging is building an on-site CNG fueling station to “allow its drivers to conveniently fill the trucks overnight in order to gain full-range tank capacity and improve productivity during the day when they need to make deliveries.” Alpha Packaging is the largest independently owned corrugated box manufacturing company in Arkansas, Ryder says, and will use the CNG vehicles to support its deliveries to all areas within 300 miles of its Greenwood, Ark. manufacturing facility.
Fort Smith-based Boyd Metals has also signed a full service lease agreement for seven CNG tractors. They will replace current Ryder-leased diesel-powered vehicles. The new CNG trucks will be used to deliver carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass products.
Ryder NGVs in Ten States, and Quebec
If the CNG trucks work out, the fleet could be expanded, said Boyd Metals Transportation GM Mike Cooper.
In addition to the new customers in Arkansas, Ryder has natural gas vehicle commitments from fleets in Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, and Quebec. Ryder natural gas trucks have logged more than 30 million miles. The company has 17 NGV maintenance facilities and more than 2,200 NGV trained technicians.
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