MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The safety messages are found at every turn, usually in a bold red and black. There are reminders not to smoke, and the need to wear safety glasses and safety shoes. Lockout tags and keys hang from door handles to ensure vehicles are not unexpectedly started while someone is working underneath.
They’re the not-so-subtle signs of Ryder’s commitment to safety in this Mississauga, Ont., shop and beyond.
LONDON, ON – Ryder System has opened a new logistics operating center in London, Ontario, to serve Eastern Canada and support more than 3,000 cross-border freight moves per month.
The 30,000-square-foot facility at 1205 Green Valley Road includes offices and cross-docking space, and there’s also parking for 286 trailers and 162 tractors. There are 210 drivers based at the facility, along with 55 Ryder employees.
Inbound shipments from the U.S. will be unloaded here and sorted before being shipped out within 24 hours.
BROOKLYN, NY – Chanje is here.
The Chinese-based vehicle manufacturer (pronounced “change”) has officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet.
The initial rollout will be in key California markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, as well as New York and Chicago. Ryder will provide parts distribution, service and support.
“All the trends in diesel are going in the wrong direction,” said Chanje Chief Executive Officer Bryan Hansel, noting that diesel equipment is increasingly expensive to build, purchase, and maintain.
China’s demand for electric vehicles is expected to outpace North America’s needs in coming years, but the U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles, Hansel says. This is being developed as a “world” truck for markets here and elsewhere, and the company says it has invested about US $1 billion in the design and related tooling.
But Canada’s official rollout has to wait for now.
“It’s demand-driven. We’re certainly going to be inquiring to see the uptake opportunity,” Hansel said, referring to Canada as a parallel market to the U.S. “It seems like a natural progression.”
PITTSBURGH, PA – Hyliion is adding a spark to Class 8 engines. The vehicle hybridizing company launched its second product this week, promising to save fleets up to a combined 30% in fuel costs by electrifying traditional Class 8 tractors.
The company’s new 6X4HE system can be installed on new trucks or retrofitted on older models to create an electric subsidized Class 8 truck. Hyliion says the system is easily attached to the truck frame, and is self-contained.
TORONTO, ON — What is it that you do best: fix trucks, manage toll payments and fuel taxes, change tires, sell used trucks, or move freight? If you’re even a modestly successful fleet in today’s market, you’re probably pretty good at most of the above, but you probably wish you could devote more time and resources to your core competency – moving freight. About 10 years ago, André Boisvert, vice president and co-owner of Lachine, Quebec-based Trans-West Group, concluded that he was better at transportation and logistics than he was at maintenance and fleet management.
ATLANTA, GA – Aperia Technologies has logged more than a billion miles on its flagship Halo Inflation System, and will now bring the product to Ryder’s fleet of commercial rental vehicles.
Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group to be primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Nikola Motor Company is scheduled to unveil an electric Class 8 truck tonight, naming Ryder System as its exclusive distribution and maintenance provider, and announcing plans for a network of hydrogen fueling stations across Canada and the U.S.
MIAMI, FL – Ryder System has launched a mobile fuel delivery service for off-duty customer fleets based at customer locations in the U.S. and Canada.
MIAMI, FL – Ryder System is granting $50,000 to Ontario-based Mohawk College over the next five years, supporting a major redevelopment at the school.
NEW YORK, NY — Seventeen major North American fleets – including Canadian-based Challenger Motor Freight and Bison Transport – boosted their fuel economy by 3% in 2015, according the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released today by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE).
Fleet-wide fuel economy increased from 6.87 to 7.06 miles per gallon (34.2 to 33.3 liters per 100 kilometers), representing the largest boost in eight years of consecutive improvements. And they saved just shy of $650 million on fuel bills when compared to the national average.
Put another way, their individual trucks saved about $6,020 per year compared to the baseline of a “business as usual” truck that reaches 6.3 miles per gallon (37.3 liters per 100 kilometers).
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – An Ontario man has become the first Canadian to win Ryder System Inc.’s annual Top Technician competition. And if that’s not impressive enough, Canada took second place, too.
Darek Mowinski, of Windsor, ON, took home a cash prize of $50,000 as the winner of the 15th annual event held in Washington, D.C. on July 28.
Ken Bilyea, of London, ON, finished second.
While a Canadian has never won the Ryder Top Technician honor, in 2015 four Canucks were among the top eight from Ryder’s team of more than 5,000 U.S. and Canada-based technicians.
CALGARY, AB — Ryder System has opened a new “state of the art” pre-owned truck sales facility in Calgary, at 4535 8A Street N.E.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – More data is available to the trucking industry today than ever before in its history, to the point that data and maintenance have become integrally linked. But it will take time to figure out how to perfectly integrate this new sea of data into day-to-day business, says Bill Dawson, vice-president of maintenance operations and engineering for Ryder System Inc.