Ryder System’s fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, avoiding more than 35,269 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent for its customers.
This is significant as the transportation sector is now the biggest contributor to US carbon dioxide emissions.
The fleet and supply chain management company it’s the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach the 100 million mile mark.
By converting its fleet to natural gas, Ryder has also replaced about 15.4 million gallons of diesel with lower-emission, domestically produced fuel.
Ryder currently has 22 NGV maintenance facilities with more than 5,500 NGV trained maintenance and support personnel. The company’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 Ontario and Quebec, Canada.
Ryder also announced Michigan-based beverage container recycling company UBCR is 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.
UBCR has operated its Ryder NGV fleet for more than 7 million miles since 2011, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by about 2,704 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Sixteen compressed natural gas vehicles will replace UBCR’s entire truck fleet.
Earlier this month UPS said it achieved its clean energy goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned.
Both fleet announcements come as the EPA and the US Department of Transportation are expected to imminently finalize new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium-and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The upcoming second phase of Clean Truck standards will build on the first ever heavy-duty fuel economy and GHG program, which was finalized in 2011.