Ryder System, Inc., a commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions provider, has been recognized as a Clean Air Champion by the Tucson and Phoenix Clean Cities Coalition for its contribution to the development of alternative fuel vehicle technologies in the state of Arizona. Last year Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., a Ryder full service lease customer based in Tucson, Ariz., announced it would convert its entire heavy duty fleet of 22 diesel-powered delivery vehicles in Tucson to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles from Ryder.
Golden Eagle’s decision to switch to natural gas was part of a strategic alternative fuel program focused on reducing transportation-generated emissions and reducing fuel costs. Ryder helped Golden Eagle through the process of understanding how the CNG vehicles could meet the needs of its loads and drivers while providing a cost-savings over the long term. Throughout the process, Ryder evaluated the natural gas vehicle technology for Golden Eagle, and configured and acquired the vehicles specific to Golden Eagle’s requirements.
Ryder Group Director of National Sales Bobby Stewart accepted the award on behalf of Ryder.
Ryder became the first fleet provider in the U.S. 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 announced in 2010. The USD 38.7 million effort includes a total of 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent, three strategically located natural gas compliant maintenance shops in Rancho Dominguez, Orange, and Fontana, and two fueling stations.
At completion, the Ryder/SANBAG project will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon natural gas. Since announcing the SANBAG project in April 2010, Ryder has expanded its natural gas vehicle offerings to Tucson, Arizona, and Livonia and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Ryder has been a member of the Tucson Clean Cities Coalition for two years, and we’re proud to work with Clean Cities to help reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels through clean alternative fuel projects,” said Scott Perry, Vice President of Supply Management, Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder. “There are significant benefits in using a domestically produced fuel source such as natural gas that is less expensive, cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Ryder is committed to leading the industry in making heavy duty natural gas vehicles available for our customers.”
Clean Cities is a voluntary program of the U.S. Department of Energy to expand the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel, accelerate the use of alternative fuel vehicles and build a local refueling infrastructure for these vehicles.
(This article compiled using information from a Ryder System, Inc. press release)