PORTLAND, Ore. – Freightliner Trucks today announced that it has begun to deliver the first 70 of 182 Freightliner Business Class® M2 112 natural gas tractors to Ryder System, Inc., a leading commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions provider. The order is part of Ryder’s agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) to launch a groundbreaking natural gas truck rental and leasing project for commercial fleets in Southern California. The delivery of this initial order will be completed by the end of May.
Ryder will integrate the M2 112 NG trucks into its Southern California operations network, where the company’s 1,200 customers in the region will be able to access them through short-term rentals, long-term leases, or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services. As part of Ryder’s agreement with SANBAG, the company will construct two natural gas fueling stations and maintain the vehicles at three strategically located maintenance shops in Rancho Dominguez, Orange, and Fontana, Calif. The SANBAG project is being conducted in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Clean Cities Coalition in order to increase the use of domestically produced alternative fuels and reduce emissions by bolstering the existing regional infrastructure in Southern California. When fully implemented, the project will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100 percent domestically produced low-carbon natural gas.
The initial Freightliner tractor delivery was celebrated May 4th at Ryder’s Rancho Dominguez, Calif. maintenance facility as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating its completion as the first facility in the company’s network to be upgraded for the indoor servicing of natural gas-powered heavy duty vehicles. Attendees were briefed on Ryder’s overall natural gas vehicle and infrastructure project efforts, which also includes building two publicly accessible LNG/LCNG fueling stations that will provide additional critical fueling points within Ryder’s network and the Southern California region.
“The project with SANBAG demonstrates Ryder’s commitment to deliver innovative alternative fuel solutions that bring long-term, sustainable fleet advantages to our customers,” said Robert Sanchez, president of global fleet management solutions for Ryder. “We are excited to be leveraging the latest vehicle technology from Freightliner to help our customers realize the predictable, cost-efficient, and environmental benefits of natural gas.”
Ryder’s liquefied and compressed natural gas trucks are equipped with the Cummins ISL-G natural gas engine, and include the Allison 3000HS transmissions for optimum performance and efficiency. The ideal transmission for alternative fuel vehicles, Allison transmissions include patented torque converter technology that results in improved startability at the launch of the vehicle, full power shifts, and a better performing engine.
“Through its partnership with SANBAG, Ryder is helping to pave the way for the next wave of alternative fuel vehicles in Southern California,” said Robert Carrick, Western Region vocational manager – natural gas, for Freightliner Trucks. “The Ryder combination of rental and lease vehicles and fuel availability on-site will be a wonderful resource for those customers who want to try natural gas vehicles in their operation to be confident the technology will work for them. Freightliner’s proven natural gas technology, in combination with our tough Business Class M2 112 tractor, is a cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly solution for Ryder and its customers.”
Designed to suit a variety of applications, the durable Business Class M2 112 is built for the most demanding of situations. The truck features a 2,500 square-inch windshield for enhanced visibility; outstanding maneuverability; and a roomy interior for exceptional driver comfort.
More information about the Ryder/SANBAG natural gas truck project can be found at www.thengvproject.com.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as the top third party logistics provider and included Ryder in its 2010 “50 Green Partners” listing. Ryder also ranked 114 out of the top 500 U.S. companies and sixth in its industry sector in the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings. Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit www.ryder.com.