Ryder System, Inc., a global transport and supply chain management business, and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) have moved into implementation phase on the first of its kind stimulus-funded natural gas truck leasing and rental project in Southern California. With the contracts in place, Ryder will soon purchase the first 70 LNG/CNG trucks
The infrastructure development stage will commence with construction of two new LNG/CNG fueling stations, which will service fleets in Orange and Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Upgrades to maintenance facilities, which will house the newly purchased natural gas trucks also will begin.
The project now begins the implementation phase, utilizing $19.3 million in state and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding, secured by SANBAG in 2009.
Ryder will purchase and deploy approximately 202 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks for this project. These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder’s Southern California operations network of 1,200 customers representing more than 6,000 commercial trucks, where Ryder’s commercial customers will access them through short-term rentals, long-term leases, or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services.
When fully implemented, this project will replace more than 1.3 million gallons of diesel use annually with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon liquefied and compressed natural gas. It will also contribute to the maintenance and creation of more than 400 U.S. green automotive jobs located in regions of the country that have been the hardest hit from the current economic downturn. The project is estimated to reduce more than 7.2 million pounds (3,626 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year, more than 131 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions annually and completely eliminate 2.3 tons of diesel particulate emissions from local neighborhoods.
Tony Tegnelia, president of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder, said, “This represents a tremendous opportunity to expose Ryder’s large and diverse commercial customer base to a leading-edge, environmentally sound and efficient fleet solution.”
Item compiled using information from a Ryder System, Inc. press release.