CNG Vehicles for Short-Haul Trips and LNG for Long-Haul
“WestAir Gases is powering big benefits with natural gas,” Ryder says in a new email campaign. The industrial gas supplier turned to Ryder when it wanted “a cleaner, greener way to move tanks and other equipment,” Ryder says.
San Diego-based WestAir has two liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks from Ryder for long-haul work and approximately 20 compressed natural gas-fueled trucks from Ryder for short-haul trips, says operations VP Austin Romesberg.
They comprise about half of the company’s fleet, he told F&F.
“WestAir switched without the costs or risks of private fleet ownership,” Ryder says, and is saving money even with the current low diesel prices. “Additional benefits include better truck maneuverability, improved mileage compared to fuel usage, convenient mobile maintenance, and a smaller carbon footprint.”
30 Million Miles and Counting
WestAir has locations in California, Arizona and Texas. In addition to CNG and LNG trucks, the firm promotes such environmental initiatives as “Green CO2” beverage systems that do not vent carbon dioxide, and solar-powered distribution centers.
Ryder recently named two new fleet customers in Arkansas (F&F, May 22), at which time it mentioned 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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Source: Ryder with Fleets & Fuels follow-up