Ryder introduces hybrid trucks

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Ryder System on Friday, Dec. 12, announced the launch of its RydeGreen Hybrid straight truck line, now available for order by Ryder lease customers. Ryder says the hybrid offering enhances its established line of fuel-efficient RydeGreen tractors and trailers launched in fall 2007.

Ryder’s RydeGreen Hybrid is a medium-duty straight truck featuring the Navistar MaxxForce DT diesel engine and the Eaton Hybrid Electric System integrated into the International DuraStar Hybrid chassis. When traveling at low speeds, the hybrid-electric motor supplies power to the truck, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions. According to International, the truck has the potential to provide up to 30 to 40 percent improved fuel efficiency in standard in-city pickup-and-delivery applications; diesel emissions are reduced dramatically when the vehicle is operating in hybrid mode on battery power.

“The RydeGreen Hybrid offering meets the needs of fleet managers and business owners looking for innovative ways to dramatically improve fuel efficiencies and reduce emissions,” says Tony Tegnelia, president of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Miami-based Ryder. “We will continue to leverage the latest technology to meet increasing customer demand for environmentally sound fleet solutions.”

In addition to the new lease offering, a limited supply of RydeGreen Hybrid straight trucks will be available in January 2009 for rent to commercial customers at select Ryder rental locations in the United States. For more information, go to www.ryder.com/greencenter.