Past Event Coverage
Ryder Places 39 More NGVs
Ryder System has branched into light and medium duty compressed natural gas vehicles in California, taking delivery of 39 CNG trucks said to be “the first of their kind available for lease or rent in North America.”
Ryder (Booth 222) is deploying 20 CNG-fueled JAC-chassis cab-over vehicles by Greenkraft with 6.0-liter GM engines, and 19 Navistar International TranStar trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines. Navistar is at Booth 667.
The CNG trucks range in gross vehicle weight from 16,000 to 33,000 pounds. They will be maintained at Ryder’s natural gas-compliant California maintenance facilities in Orange, Fontana (where a grand opening is slated for July 10), Rancho Dominguez and West Sacramento.
“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,” Ryder said.
Ryder System is a platinum sponsor of ACT Expo, and two Ryder executives will participate in the conference at 8:30am Thursday:
- Ryder supply management VP Scott Perry will discuss “Lessons and Data” at the Show Me the Money – Total Cost of Ownership session, and
- Ryder senior manager for alternative fuels and finance Chris Nordh will make the case for “AFVs: The Easy Way” at the Rental and Leasing Programs session.
The 39 new light and medium duty vehicles for California “represent an expansion of Ryder’s 300-plus heavy duty natural gas vehicle fleet,” Ryder says. Two years ago the firm deployed 202 heavy duty trucks via a groundbreaking Southern California project with SANBAG, the San Bernardino Associated Governments – and the trucks were unveiled in connection with ACT Expo 2011.
Ryder’s natural gas fleet also includes vehicles based in Arizona, Michigan and Louisiana.