Ryder has the ability to positively impact the economy, society and consumers by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
A leader in commercial fleet management, supply chain solutions and dedicated transportation, Ryder System, Inc.’s fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations thus making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this significant milestone, it announced today. Ryder has, through this achievement, gained considerable insight into the NGV industry on how to optimize solution for customers looking to reduce costs and emissions.
“This latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s ongoing commitment to assist companies, across multiple industries reduce fuel costs, lower carbon output, and meet their environmental objectives,” said Robert Sanchez, Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Ryder plays an important role in advancing the environmental sustainability of commercial transportation and logistics. When companies outsource their transportation and logistics operations to us, they not only get cost efficiency, but also the benefits of our environmental expertise, infrastructure, maintenance, and industry-leading partnerships.”
Ryder, with its expertly trained technicians and an extensive knowledge of rapidly evolving advanced fuels maintenance network and natural gas, is a proven leader in this space. For customers interested in NGV solutions, Ryder strives to deliver competitive rental and lease rates by closely tracking emerging fleet technologies, incentive programs and government rebates. Ryder has the ability to positively impact the economy, society and consumers by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
Michigan based UBCR, LLC, a beverage container recycler, also announced their decision to renew their natural gas vehicle lease with Ryder for its entire truck fleet, thus becoming the first Ryder customer to adapt to the latest available technology by transitioning from first generation NGVs.
UBCR, LLC has since 2011 operated its Ryder NGV fleet for more than 7 million miles. UBCR has, as an early adopter of Ryder’s NGV solution, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,704 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) and replaced over a million gallons of diesel fuel with lower-emission, domestically produced natural gas. UBCR would replace its entire truck fleet and replace them with sixteen compressed natural gas vehicles, designed with the latest modifications and technological advances.
“As a leading recycling company, this important carbon reduction initiative complemented our long-standing growth strategy which is grounded in sustainability. Ryder’s advanced energy portfolio, expertise, and infrastructure in the market were key factors driving our decision to select them as our fleet partner five years ago, and it remains so to this present day as we continue to enjoy all the benefits of operating NGVs,” said Nick Kronsbein, General Manager for UBCR. “Ryder made it easier for us to jumpstart our sustainable transportation program and convert our entire UBCR fleet to abundant, clean, and efficient natural gas. In the process, UBCR has gleaned financial benefits, including gaining more control over our costs and budgets by investing in a predictable and stable fuel source, while also contributing to the wellbeing of our environment.”
Ryder’s NGV fleet consists of compressed and liquefied NGVs serving customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada.
“Ryder is making proactive investments to ensure our maintenance employees are knowledgeable and skilled in the safe operation and maintenance of NGVs,” said Scott Perry, Ryder Vice President of Supply Management and Global Fuel Products. “Well-maintained vehicles of any kind are better for the environment, with reduced emissions and improved fuel consumption. Traditional shops must go through a modification process to meet stringent industry and government safety standards for NGV maintenance and technicians must receive extensive, specialized training. Ryder is now in a position to train any existing, or new, technicians on the latest NGV technologies, further demonstrating our commitment to develop the best-in-class technician workforce.” PWKD11082016