“There is great interest in CNG trucks among commercial fleets, but some businesses are hesitant to adopt the technology because they are unsure how the vehicles will perform in their operations,” said John Gleason, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Ryder Fleet Management Solutions. “The Ride & Drive event and free rental offer is another way we are helping businesses experience these vehicles first-hand in a real world environment.”
David Hodge, Operations Manager for Airwolf Express Courier Service, a Ryder lease customer based in Rocklin, California, attended the ‘Ride & Drive’ event and test drove two natural gas-powered trucks, which “seemed to have plenty of power.”
“We do feel the industry is steadily moving toward a natural gas solution, not only due to the environmental aspect, but also because of the added benefit that it is cheaper than diesel. A cleaner and cheaper fuel, provided from a domestic source, is what we like to call a win/win. We look forward to exploring this option further in our business soon,” added Hodge.