SANBAG – Ryder Natural Gas Vehicle Project

Vehicles & Technology

Ryder worked extensively with its OEM partners to determine the right vehicle mix and configurations anticipated to meet the needs and applications of customers in the Southern California market.

The vehicles used in these projects includes 182 Freightliner M2-112 tractors, featuring the Cummins ISL-G engine, in both single-axle and tandem-axle day cab configurations. The order also includes 20 Peterbilt model 386 tractors, featuring the Westport Innovations GX LNG engine, all in tandem-axle day cab configurations.

The trucks will be equipped with either liquefied or compressed natural gas on-board fuel storage systems. These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder’s Southern California operations network, where Ryder’s 1,200 customers with more than 6,000 commercial trucks will be able to access them through short-term rentals, long-term leases or through Ryder’s dedicated logistic services.

In addition to reducing emissions, Ryder customers who incorporate natural gas vehicles in their fleet have the opportunity to realize additional cost savings, because natural gas fuel prices are significantly and consistently lower than diesel fuel.

Dozens of large and small fleets around the world are moving to natural gas as transportation fuel, because it offers low emissions, low cost, and high performance. With increasing concerns over energy security, changing emissions regulations, and volatile fuel costs, natural gas is a very attractive alternative to diesel fuels.

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