Sep 072011

Staples to add 10 CNG tractors to California fleet

Ryder System will supply 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty tractors to the dedicate fleet for office products company Staples, the company has announced.

The tractors will be the first of their kind in Staples’ third-party dedicated operations and will replace 10 diesel tractors currently used by Ryder in the fleet. The trucks are part of the $38.7 million Ryder/San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) project.

The project is a public/private partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Assn. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder. It includes the purchase of 202 natural gas vehicles, the upgrades to three Ryder maintenance facilities to support natural gas use, and the construction of two fueling stations.

The CNG tractors will be used to transport inventory to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s maintenance facilities in Southern California, Ryder said.

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