June 28, 2011

Ryder Opens Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility

We see a great deal of interest from customers and prospects in the region that are looking to integrate natural gas technology into their fleets.      
Alex Madrinkian, Vice President of Sales, Ryder West Region

In Rancho Dominguez, California, Ryder opened its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility. It meets the stringent industry and government safety standards for natural gas maintenance, including upgrades to electrical, lighting, air handling, and ventilation systems. When fully implemented, the facility will include two natural gas fueling stations and three maintenance facilities.

The opening of the Rancho Dominguez facility marks the first facility completed under the Ryder/SANBAG Natural Gas Vehicle project, a $38.7 million initiative funded as part of a joint public/private industry partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and Ryder Systems, Inc.

As part of the Ryder/SANBAG project, Ryder will deploy a total of 202 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles in the region. The vehicles include 182 Freightliner M2-112 tractors featuring the Cummins ISL-G engine, in both single-axle and tandem-axel day-cab configurations, as well as a mix of other natural gas truck platforms. At completion, the Ryder/SANBAG project will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon natural gas.

"The completion of Rancho Dominguez as a natural gas-compliant maintenance facility is a critical milestone demonstrating Ryder's commitment to alternative fuel vehicle use," said Robert Sanchez, president of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder.

Alex Madrinkian, vice president of sales in Ryder's West Region, sees the project as an opportunity to introduce the company's 1,200 commercial customers to an innovative, efficient, and environmentally sound fleet solution.

"We see a great deal of interest from customers and prospects in the region that are looking to integrate natural gas technology into their fleets," he said.

Photo of large truck with Ryder logo.