Ryder System, Inc., a commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company, has commenced taking delivery of 39 light and medium duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, said by Ryder to he first of their kind in North America available for lease or rent. The vehicles include 20 Greenkraft cab-over vehicles with 6.0-liter GM natural gas engines and 19 Navistar® International® TranStar® trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines.
We are very pleased to work with Ryder to develop these CNG-powered truck chassis,” said Kevin Keene, Sales Director for Navistar. The CNG trucks range in gross vehicle weight from 16,000 to 33,000 pounds and are available for lease or rent from Ryder in California.
The new light and medium duty natural gas vehicles are ideal for metro/city delivery applications. Unlike heavy duty natural gas vehicles, which require fueling stations designed to accommodate large commercial tractor-trailers, these lighter vehicles are able to access much of the existing retail CNG fueling infrastructure, which will increase their usability to a broader range of commercial fleet customers in California.
These initial 39 vehicles will be maintained at Ryder’s natural gas compliant California maintenance facilities in Orange, Fontana, Rancho Dominguez and West Sacramento, but these vehicle configurations are now available as part of Ryder’s growing portfolio of offerings in all markets where Ryder services natural gas vehicles.
“Ryder’s natural gas vehicle program in California is a model of public/private collaboration that is helping to develop a long-term and sustainable growth trajectory for cleaner, cheaper, and cost-effective natural gas,” said Robert Sanchez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Ryder.
Funding for the incremental cost of the vehicles was provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). These grants enable Ryder to make the cost of renting or leasing CNG vehicles more comparable to traditional diesel trucks.
Ryder NGV Fleet Expansion
9 new light and medium duty vehicles represent an expansion of Ryder’s 300 plus heavy duty natural gas vehicle fleet. Ryder became the first outsourced fleet provider to offer heavy duty natural gas vehicles for the leasing and rental industry through a groundbreaking natural gas vehicle project with San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California.