“With a fleet of over 300 vehicles that operate across the country as part of our company, fuel volatility and cost is an important issue for us,” said Jim Tate, senior vice president of Operations, Source Interlink Distribution. “The option of using a cheaper and readily available fuel supply such as natural gas to power our vehicles and mitigate fuel costs is an attractive avenue we would like to explore,” he added.
Ryder’s alternative fuel fleet includes compressed and liquid natural gas vehicles, which are offered in certain markets in California, Arizona and Michigan.
“We’ve seen great interest from our customers for natural gas vehicles across all markets and will continue to pursue the expansion of our alternative fuel vehicle offering to meet our customers’ needs,” he said. We recognize there is a growing need for sustainable transportation solutions, not only as companies search for ways to mitigate fuel costs but also as they work to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Robert Sanchez, President of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder.
It is noteworthy that in April 2010, the company announced a partnership with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board to take delivery of 202 heavy-duty, natural gas-powered vehicles that would be made available to companies for short-term rentals, long-term leases or Ryder’s dedicated logistics services.
Source: Ryder System