Ryder System, Inc. has delivered 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to Mansfield Energy Corp., to be utilized for bulk fuel hauling from fuel terminals to the company’s customers in and around the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area. Mansfield, operating in the the transportation fuels sector for over 57 years, elected to lease the CNG vehicles from Ryder because of the potential fuel cost savings and environmental benefits of transitioning from diesel to CNG. Ryder will provide maintenance to the natural gas fleet from its Atlanta facility.
“We chose to lease our CNG vehicles from Ryder because the compelling value proposition resulted in better savings than if we chose to purchase the vehicles directly,” said Michael Mansfield, CEO of Mansfield. “The selection process was a very easy one. Ryder’s Full Service Lease solution, which includes extensive experience in natural gas vehicle maintenance, allowed us to mitigate many concerns that are common among fleets transitioning from diesel to this advanced fuel technology. We also wanted a partner that would scale with this effort into many more markets across the country as we work with our 900+ common carriers on adopting natural gas for their fleets. Ryder is uniquely qualified to meet that need.”
Bulk fuel hauling return-to-base operations, like Mansfield’s, are an application ideally suited for natural gas vehicles. The high annual mileage delivery routes will speed Mansfield’s return on investment on a natural gas vehicle based on natural gas fuel cost savings as compared to diesel. Ryder also worked with Mansfield to develop a customized truck specification that was weight-sensitive to maximize freight revenue while assuring durability and operability in the field.
Ryder recently announced a strategic alliance with Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, a joint venture founded by Mansfield Energy Corp., and Clean Energy Fuels, to bring natural gas vehicles and fueling to bulk fuel haulers. The trucks will be fueled at a CNG station built by Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, located in a fuel terminal complex in Doraville, Ga., just north of Atlanta. The companies have also worked collaboratively with tractor and engine manufacturers to develop an optimized CNG vehicle design specifically for bulk fuel hauling applications.
With more than 27 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians, Ryder claims position as the industry-leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation market.
(Source: Ryder System, Inc.)