San Bernadino County Launches Natural Gas Truck Project

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board has selected Ryder System Inc., a provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions, as its fleet partner in a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California. Ryder will use $19.3 million in state and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding secured by SANBAG to implement the project.

As part of the project, Ryder will purchase more than 200 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks. Both liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG and CNG) on-board fuel storage systems will be used depending upon the specific type of truck purchased and the anticipated application. These ultra low-emission trucks will be deployed into Ryder’s Southern California operations network, where Ryder’s customers will be able to access them through short-term rentals, long-term leases, or through Ryder’s dedicated logistics services.

To support these trucks, Ryder will construct new natural gas refueling stations within the region and work with its customers to identify and utilize the existing natural gas refueling infrastructure already located throughout Southern California. As part of Ryder’s core product offering, the company will maintain the vehicles at three of its strategically located maintenance shops in Orange, Rancho Dominguez and Rancho Cucamonga. Each maintenance facility will be equipped for the indoor repair of natural gas vehicles.

When fully implemented, this project will replace more than 1.51 million gallons of diesel use annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon liquefied and compressed natural gas. According to SANBAG, preliminary project estimates and analyses indicate the project will contribute to the maintenance and creation of more than 400 U.S. green automotive jobs located in regions of the country that have been among the hardest hit from the current economic downturn.

Based on estimates using California’s Carl Moyer program guidelines, the project is also estimated to reduce more than 9.2 million pounds (4,195 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year, more than 131 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions annually and completely eliminate 2.65 tons of diesel particulate emissions from local neighborhoods.

SANBAG is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide.

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