Saw this release on the Ryder site and over at the Green Sustainable Supply Chain Management Blog. The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board has selected Ryder as its fleet partner in Southern California. Ryder will use $19.3 million in stimulus funding to implement the project. This is the first time that natural gas trucks will be deployed into a large commercial truck rental and leasing operation.
Key points from the release.
- Ryder will purchase more than 200 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks. The trucks will use both liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG and CNG) on-board fuel storage systems depending upon the application of the truck purchased.
- These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder’s Southern California operations network.
- Ryder will construct new natural gas refueling stations within the region and utilize the existing natural gas refueling infrastructure already located throughout Southern California.
- Ryder will maintain the vehicles at three of its strategically located maintenance shops in Orange, Rancho Dominguez, and Rancho Cucamonga. Each maintenance facility will be properly equipped for the indoor repair of natural gas vehicles.
- In addition to reducing emissions, natural gas fuel prices are significantly and consistently lower than diesel fuel. Ryder customers using natural gas vehicles in their fleet have the opportunity for additional cost savings.
- This project will replace more than 1.51 million gallons of diesel use annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon liquefied and compressed natural gas.
- According to SANBAG, preliminary project estimates and analysis indicate the project will contribute to the maintenance and creation of more than 400 U.S. green automotive jobs.
- The project is also estimated to reduce more than 9.2 million pounds (4,195 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year, more than 131 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions annually and completely eliminate 2.65 tons of diesel particulate emissions from local neighborhoods.
This all sounds great, but I am still not helping my brother move again. Let us know what you think in the comments below.