MIAMI — Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced that Scott Perry, Vice President of Supply Management for Fleet Management Solutions, will be a featured speaker at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking. The Summit, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 28-30 in Arlington, Va., will explore all facets of natural gas use in trucking, such as recent fleet experiences, current and future technology from truck and engine manufacturers, and vehicle maintenance and repair shop considerations, among other key issues. Mr. Perry, who has led the development of Ryder’s natural gas vehicle program, will discuss some of the issues involved in providing maintenance to commercial natural gas vehicles. Mr. Perry will participate in Session VII, “Vehicle Maintenance and Facility Considerations,” on Nov. 30 at 8:00 a.m.
Ryder became the first fleet provider to offer heavy duty natural gas vehicles for the leasing and rental industry through a groundbreaking natural gas vehicle project with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California. Ryder’s partnership with SANBAG and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Clean Cities Coalition includes the deployment of 202 heavy duty natural gas-powered vehicles, made available to customers for rent or lease or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services. As part of the project, Ryder is building two natural gas fueling stations and has equipped three maintenance facilities for the indoor servicing of natural gas vehicles in Fontana, Orange, and Rancho Dominguez, Calif. The $38.7 million project is being funded as part of a joint public/private industry partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and Ryder.
"We continue to see great interest in natural gas vehicles from our customers across the country,” said Mr. Perry. “As a cheaper and less volatile fuel source than diesel, natural gas presents a compelling case for potential cost and environmental benefits. Because of the interest we’ve seen, we have continued to expand our natural gas vehicle offering and have added medium-duty natural gas straight trucks to our fleet of compressed and liquefied natural gas heavy duty tractors.”
Ryder’s natural gas fleet consists of 250 compressed and liquefied natural gas vehicles currently deployed in customer operations in California, Arizona, and Michigan.