Ryder System Inc, a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced July 11 that it has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers.
The Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) stations are located at two of Ryder’s maintenance and fueling facilities in Orange CA and Fontana CA--two key facilities serving the Southern California region. Both facilities are part of a larger project that will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon natural gas.
“The completion of these two LCNG fueling stations is a critical milestone demonstrating Ryder’s commitment to the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles,” said Robert Sanchez, Ryder chairman and chief executive officer. “As a provider of full service lease, commercial rental fleet, and third party logistics services, our business model puts us in a unique position to enable more fleets to convert to natural gas and realize the benefits of this cost-effective, clean, and domestic energy source. We are proud to make this investment in fueling infrastructure, which will further support the wider adoption of natural gas vehicles for commercial transportation.”
Each fueling location has three pumps--two compressed natural gas (CNG) and one liquefied natural gas (LNG). Ryder’s contractual customers will be able to access the LNG and CNG pump areas of Ryder’s facilities specifically configured for large commercial vehicles. Passenger vehicles and light duty trucks also will be able to access CNG pumps in a separate area easily accessible to the general public.
The opening of these stations, located at 1440 N Main St, Orange CA and at 10641 Almond Ave, Fontana CA, is the culmination of a commitment under the Ryder/SANBAG Natural Gas Vehicle project, a $38.7 million project funded as part of a joint public/private industry partnership between the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and Ryder. The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) also provided $350,000 toward the new fueling stations in the form of grants. In addition to the fuel stations, the Ryder/SANBAG project included upgrades to three Ryder maintenance facilities--in Rancho Dominguez, Orange, and Fontana--as well as the deployment of 202 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles in the region.