Ryder System, Inc., said today it has expanded its natural gas vehicle (NGV) offering into Arkansas for the first time with two customers; Alpha Packaging Inc. and Boyd Metals Transportation.
The CNG vehicles for both Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Transportation will be maintained by Ryder at its Fort Smith, Ark., service facility, which is being engineered to meet the unique compliance requirements for natural gas.
Ryder has begun to deploy natural gas vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, and Quebec, Canada. Alpha Packaging and Boyd Metals Transportation are both current Ryder full-service lease customers.
Through a full-service lease, Ryder acquires vehicles according to the customer’s specifications and provides financing, maintenance and fleet support services. It also manages vehicle disposal to protect customers from residual risk.
“Even with the recent drop in diesel fuel prices, the stability of natural gas fuel costs, along with the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicle technology, bring significant value to our fleet operation,” said Mike Stec, Alpha Packaging president. “Leasing natural gas trucks from Ryder helps us with our long-term transportation needs and aligns with our efforts to be a responsible, sustainable company.”