U.S. commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions provider Ryder System, Inc., has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 320 natural gas vehicles surpassing 15 million miles. The fleet consists of 36 liquefied natural gas (LNG) and 284 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors, currently running in 37 customer operations in California, New York, Arizona, Michigan, and Louisiana.
Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, the operation has replaced approximately 2.3 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestically produced natural gas and reduced emissions by more than 5,290 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions).
“This latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s continued leadership in commercial natural gas vehicle solutions and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to find innovative ways to meet our customers’ transportation needs,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sanchez. “Our leasing and rental offerings make Ryder uniquely positioned to help businesses take advantage of these new technologies with less downtime and other risks associated with ownership, so they can experience the cost-saving and environmental benefits.”
“We believe natural gas is the most viable alternative fuel solution for commercial trucking because it is clean, efficient, cheap, and abundant,” continued Mr. Sanchez. “It is good for our customers, as well as our communities and the country.”
Earlier this year, Ryder opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers. The Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) stations are located at two of Ryder’s maintenance and fueling facilities in Orange, California and Fontana, California –key facilities serving the Southern California region.
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 the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California, mid 2010.
(Source: Ryder System, Inc.)