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Ryder hits 100 million miles providing natural gas fleets

Posted: August 15, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

MIAMI, FL – Ryder System Inc.’s natural gas vehicles have surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet provider to hit the milestone.

Ryder CEO Robert Sanchez says this latest milestone reinforces Ryder’s ongoing commitment to assist companies across multiple industries to reduce fuel costs, lower carbon output and meet  environmental goals.

“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,” said Sanchez.

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.

Michigan-based beverage container recycling company UBCR has operated an NGV fleet since 2011, and this week became the first Ryder customer to switch to the next generation of available natural gas technology. Sixteen compressed natural gas vehicles, designed with the latest modifications and technological advances, will replace UBCR’s entire truck fleet.

“As a leading recycling company, this important carbon reduction initiative complemented our long-standing growth strategy which is grounded in sustainability,” said Nick Kronsbein, UBCR’s general manager. “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.”

In 2011 Ryder partnered with San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) to implement one of the most innovative alternative fuel projects to date – purchasing and deploying more than 200 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks.

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