Ryder orders 202 heavy-duty NG vehicles

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Ryder System on Wednesday, March 30, announced the order of 202 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles as part of the company’s agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments to launch a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California.

“This project is a great illustration of the potential for success when the right project partners assemble and work as a team,” says Brad Mitzelfelt, SANBAG president and San Bernardino County First District supervisor. “We are proud to play a role in an important project in which each partner has made a contribution. This project confirms SANBAG’s commitment to creative problem solving and enhancing the quality of life for our residents.”

Ryder will begin taking delivery of the vehicles in April, and expects to have the full order integrated into its fleet by September. Ryder says it also will begin work this month to upgrade the first of three existing maintenance facilities in its network to be equipped for the indoor servicing of natural gas vehicles and soon will commence construction of two natural gas fueling stations.

“We are excited about taking these first important steps to kick off what is proving to be one of the most innovative and large-scale commercial natural gas truck projects in North America,” says Robert Sanchez, president of global fleet management Solutions for Ryder. “This project reinforces our ongoing commitment to deliver environmentally-sound and cost-effective transportation solutions, while serving as a model for how to successfully implement alternative fuel programs in large commercial truck operations.”