Deal for 100 Freightliners is Ryder’s First in Canada, Largest for CNG
Ryder System said Friday that Quebec’s C.A.T. – Canadian American Transportation – has signed a full-service lease agreement for 100 compressed natural gas sleeper tractors. The deal marks the first CNG lease arrangement for Ryder in Canada’s, and its largest to-date for natural gas vehicles.
Ryder will also provide maintenance for the 100 CNG vehicles in Montreal, where its service facility is being upgraded for NGV work.
The trucks are Freightliner Cascadia 113 CNG units with 72-inch sleeper and Quantum 169 tank package, a Ryder spokesman told F&F. Each will have a Quantum Q-RailLite rail-mounted and Q-CabLite back-of-cab cylinder array.
The vehicles are to be delivered in mid-2015.
Ryder notes that it’s been leasing trucks to C.A.T. for the past eight years. “Ryder will replace almost one-third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 325 vehicles with 100 CNG sleeper tractors,” states this morning’s announcement.
“With Ryder’s natural gas vehicle and maintenance expertise, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our fleet today, while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally-friendly,” said C.A.T. president Daniel Goyette.
The Coteau-du-Lac-based C.A.T. fleet ranges from Montreal to Laredo, Texas.
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