Global truck and equipment lessor Ryder System and Mansfield Clean Energy Partners will join to offer a compressed natural gas fueling service to bulk fuel haulers, with Ryder supplying vehicles and truck maintenance facilities and Mansfield the CNG fueling stations.
The goal is to convert more of the bulk fuel hauling market in the U.S. to CNG, Dennis Cooke, president of global fleet management solutions for Ryder, said. Fleets in that business guzzle more than 500 million gallons of fuel a year, the companies said. Ryder and Mansfield are working with truck and engine makers to develop an optimized CNG truck design for the bulk fuel hauling industry.
That would mean more trucks hauling gasoline and diesel to fueling stations throughout the U.S. running on CNG. The partnership is one of several ongoing efforts to build out the fueling infrastructure needed to convert more trucks to CNG or liquefied natural gas.
Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy, one of the partners behind Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, opened 55 CNG stations and 19 LNG stations in 2013, finishing the year operating nearly 500 stations offering one or both of the natural gas fuels.
Ryder has more than 27 million miles of experience operating natural gas vehicles, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance sites and 260 technicians trained to maintain natural gas vehicles, the companies said. Mansfield is now leasing 12 CNG trucks from Ryder.
Clean Energy Fuels in October acquired a controlling interest in NG Advantage, a company that uses high-capacity tank trailers to deliver compressed natural gas to large industrial and institutional energy users, functioning as a natural gas “virtual pipeline.”