Ryder System has partnered with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with compressed natural gas-powered engines — a move that the companies expect to reduce 2,000-tons of CO2 emissions per year when adjusting emissions reduction for consumption rates.
This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and Ryder’s largest natural gas vehicle deployment to date.
The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year — with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during third quarter.
Anheuser-Busch is one of only a few large, heavy-haul shippers to complete a full fleet conversion to alternative fuel power vehicles. In June, the company added an environmental goal to reduce carbon emissions in its logistics operations from network planning, transportation, and warehousing by 15 percent by the end of 2017.
Working with Ryder, Anheuser-Busch expects the 12-liter lighter-weight engines to emit 23 percent less greenhouse gases, compared to diesel.
In May, Ryder entered into a long-term agreement with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide for the purchase and supply of complete CNG fuel systems, making Ryder the first transportation company to use Quantum’s CNG systems on a national scale.