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Ryder’s 100 Million Miles on Natural Gas

August 9, 2016 in CNG, Companies, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First Commercial Fleet Outsourcing Provider’ to Do So

Ryder System said this morning that its natural gas truck fleet has logged more than 100 million miles, and is “the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this significant milestone.

CNG-fueled Ryder truck -- one of many in 16 states and two Canadian provinces

CNG-fueled Ryder truck — one of many in 16 states and two Canadian provinces



“Through this achievement,” the company says, “Ryder has gained substantial insight into the NGV industry and how to optimize this solution for customers looking to reduce costs and emissions.”

The company provides customers both compressed natural gas- and liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks.

‘Multiple Industries’

“This latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s ongoing commitment to assist companies, across multiple industries reduce fuel costs, lower carbon output, and meet their environmental objectives,” Ryder chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez said in a release.

Michigan recycler UBCR, a five-year Ryder CNG truck customer (F&F, October 31, 2011), has renewed its lease.

Ryder also said today that the Michigan-based beverage container recycler UBCR will be renewing its natural gas vehicle lease with Ryder for its entire truck fleet, ‘becoming the first Ryder customer to transition from first generation NGVs to the latest available technology.’ UBCR has logged more than 7 million CNG miles since 2011 (F&F, October 31, 2011), displacing more than a million gallons of diesel. Sixteen new CNG vehicles, ‘designed with the latest modifications and technological advances, will replace UBCR’s entire truck fleet,’ Ryder says.

“Ryder plays an important role in advancing the environmental sustainability of commercial transportation and logistics,” Sanchez said.

15.4 Million Gallons of Diesel Displaced

“When companies outsource their transportation and logistics operations to us, they not only get cost efficiency, but also the benefits of our environmental expertise, infrastructure, maintenance, and industry-leading partnerships.”

Ryder said today that since 2011, its natural has vehicles

  • have displaced approximately 15.4 million gallons of diesel fuel and
  • have eliminated more than 35,269 metric tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ryder is making proactive investments to ensure our maintenance employees are knowledgeable and skilled in the safe operation and maintenance of NGVs,” said Ryder supply management and global fuel products VP Scott Perry, said in today’s announcement.

Keeping Technicians Up to Speed

“Well-maintained vehicles of any kind are better for the environment, with reduced emissions and improved fuel consumption,” he said. “Traditional shops must go through a modification process to meet stringent industry and government safety standards for NGV maintenance and technicians must receive extensive, specialized training.

Where it all began: Gladstein, Neandross and Associates CEO Erik Neandross, California Energy Commission alternative fuel and vehicle technology program manager Peter Ward, Ryder System group director of vehicle supply management Scott Perry, U.S. Department of Energy-Clean Cities national director Dennis Smith, Sanbag VP and Southern California Association of Governments president Larry McCallon, and Ryder sales VP Alex Madrinkian cut the big ribbon as Ryder gets ready to rent natural gas-fueled trucks in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. on May 4, 2011.

Where it all began: Gladstein, Neandross and Associates CEO Erik Neandross, California Energy Commission alternative fuel and vehicle technology program manager Peter Ward, Ryder System group director of vehicle supply management Scott Perry, U.S. Department of Energy-Clean Cities national director Dennis Smith, Sanbag VP and Southern California Association of Governments president Larry McCallon, and Ryder sales VP Alex Madrinkian cut the big ribbon as Ryder gets ready to rent natural gas-fueled trucks in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. on May 4, 2011.

“Ryder is now in a position to train any existing, or new, technicians on the latest NGV technologies, further demonstrating our commitment to develop the best-in-class technician workforce,” Perry said.

16 States, Two Provinces

Ryder’s NGV fleet consists of compressed and liquefied NGVs serving customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

Frito-Lay, which operates upwards of 500 CNG trucks for its own products, reported reaching the 100-million-mile mark on the clean fuel last week (F&F, August 5). UPS said at the start of the month that its various alt fuel vehicles had clocked one billion miles a year earlier than anticipated (F&F, August 2).


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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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