Ryder System announced its fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this milestone, according to the company.
“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 CEO. “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.”
“By reducing emissions and fuel consumption, Ryder has the ability to positively impact consumers, the economy, and society,” the company added. “This innovative approach to fulfill its responsibility to the environment and the communities where its employees live and work has changed the way that Ryder, and many of its customers, do business.”
According to the company, Beverage Container Recycler UBCR also announced that it would be renewing its natural gas vehicle lease with Ryder for its entire truck fleet, becoming the first Ryder customer to transition from first generation NGVs to the latest available technology.
Michigan-based beverage container recycling company UBCR has operated its Ryder NGV fleet for more than 7 million miles since 2011, the company added. “As an early adopter of Ryder’s NGV solution, UBCR has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,704 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) and replaced more than one million gallons of diesel fuel with lower-emission, domestically produced natural gas,” Ryder said. “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. 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 Canada, Ontario and Quebec.