Ryder System Inc. announced it has entered into a long-term agreement with Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. for the purchase and supply of complete compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems for businesses that lease CNG trucks from Ryder. With the agreement, Ryder will purchase CNG tank systems directly from Quantum and install them onto CNG-powered vehicles with a team of Ryder technicians using industry procedures related to these systems.
“Next to the limited commercial fuel infrastructure, the biggest barrier to the broad adoption of natural gas vehicles is the initial cost of the technology,” said Dennis Cooke, Ryder president of global fleet management solutions. “This relationship will help make compressed natural gas vehicles more affordable and reliable, so more businesses can take advantage of their environmental and efficiency benefits.”
Ryder will be using Quantum’s Q-lite CNG tank system. The model design is ideal for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Ryder’s maintenance team has worked with Quantum to develop procedures to ensure that tank system installations will meet the highest industry standards.
Ryder’s natural gas fleet includes over 500 compressed and liquefied natural gas vehicles operating more than 20 million miles, and serving over 40 customers in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. The company also operates two liquefied to compressed natural gas fuel stations at its maintenance facilities in Orange and Fontana, Calif.