SANBAG – Ryder Natural Gas Vehicle Project


The SANBAG/Ryder Natural gas truck project was only made  possible as a result of public-private partnership from numerous sources. The project was spearheaded by SANBAG, which received funding from the US Department of Energy and its Clean Cities program, as well as California Energy Commission. SANBAG’s partner, Ryder System, Inc., has demonstrated a commitment to implementing alternative fuel and clean technology vehicles into its fleet. This project will be noted in history as the first large-scale natural gas truck deployment in a commercial truck renting and leasing operation.

U.S. Department of Energy The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) includes advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. and promoting scientific and technological innovation to achieve this. The Department’s strategic goals to achieve the mission are designed to deliver results along five strategic themes: energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence. The Department of Energy provided $9,950,708 of grant funding from the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Pilot Program to fund the SANBAG/Ryder Natural Gas Truck Project.
California Energy Commission The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Energy Commission developed and implemented the state Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to reduce the state’s petroleum dependency and help attain the state climate change policies. With energy challenges facing the state, the Commission and its dedicated staff of state employees stand ready to turn challenges into opportunities and help Californians continue to have energy choices that are affordable, reliable, diverse, safe, and environmentally acceptable. The Energy Commission awarded $9,258,708 of AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funding for this project.
SANBAG - Governments Working Together San Bernardino Associated Governments, known as SANBAG, is responsible for cooperative regional planning and advancement in efficient multi-modal transportation systems countywide, serving the 1.9 million residents of San Bernardino County. As the County Transportation Commission, SANBAG supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, train and bus transportation, railroad crossings, call boxes, ridesharing, congestion management and long-term planning studies. Since its creation in 1973, SANBAG has performed transportation and regional planning services for the largest county in the contiguous United States. San Bernardino is a diverse county that encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles. SANBAG applied for and was awarded the funding used in this project in August 2009.
Ryder Ryder System, Inc. is a FORTUNE 500 provider of leading-edge commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions. Ryder’s product offerings include: Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), which provides leasing, rental and programmed maintenance of trucks, tractors and trailers to commercial customers; Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), which manages the movement of materials and related information from the acquisition of raw materials to the delivery of finished products to end-users; and Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC), which provides a turn-key transportation service that includes vehicles, drivers, routing and scheduling. Ryder will purchase and deploy approximately 202 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks for this project, as well as provide training to those driving the Ryder natural gas vehicles. These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder’s Southern California operations network of 1,200 customers representing over 6,000 commercial trucks in Southern California, where Ryder’s commercial customers will access them through short-term rentals, longer leases or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services.
Southern California Association of Governments The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will provide outreach and marketing support for the SANBAG/Ryder natural gas truck project. SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 190 cities and more than 19 million residents. Mandated by the federal government to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management and air quality, SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California. SCAG is also a member of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program and administers the program in the SCAG region. The Clean Cities effort has helped the region achieve traffic congestion and mobile source emission reduction goals set by SCAG and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities The mission of the Clean Cities program is to advance the nation’s economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies program. With almost 90 local coalitions and more than 6,500 stakeholders, Clean Cities’ coordinators lead local geographically-based coalitions composed of local fleets, fuel providers and decision makers that focus on one united goal: petroleum reduction. Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities and its stakeholders have displaced more than 2 billion gallons of petroleum.
Gladstein, Neandross and Associates Gladstein, Neandross and Associates is an environmental consulting firm that is widely recognized throughout the United States for its expertise on air quality issues, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure and energy projects. For nearly 20 years GNA has worked side-by-side with a variety of local, regional and federal government agencies to implement successful energy and transportation projects that encourage an environmentally and socially responsible future. GNA’s environmental consultants assist with a wide variety of clients needs from grant funding applications, outreach and technical support, to planning events and marketing. GNA manages the technical and administrative support to the SANBAG/Ryder Natural Gas Truck Project, as well as contributing the marketing efforts on behalf of the project.  GNA began working on the initiative before it was awarded ARRA funds, providing grant writing and proposal assistance and coordinating the involvement of the fleets as project partners.
This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0002173.

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