Ryder System, Inc. is adding 66 new fuel-efficient heavy-duty vehicles to the fleet of Food Authority, a family-owned and operated food service provider that distributes produce and grocery products to seven East Coast states and the District of Columbia.
These refrigerated vehicles have been specified with Certified Clean Idle engines and upgraded programmable transmissions to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. With a Full Service Lease, Ryder acquires vehicles according to the customer’s specifications, provides financing, maintenance and fleet support services, and then manages vehicle disposal to protect customers from residual risk.
The Certified Clean Idle engines in Food Authority’s fleet delivers the best-in-class fuel economy and performance while complying with the EPA’s newest and most stringent emissions standards — which are the lowest diesel emission levels in the world.
The engines are equipped with Particulate Matter Filters and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology that reduce emissions to near-zero levels, emitting 99 percent less Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrous Oxide (NOx) than the predecessors.
The new automatic transmissions provide seamless full-power shifts to ensure the most efficient operation of the engine. In addition, all of the vehicles are equipped with RydeSmart, Ryder’s full-featured GPS fleet location, tracking, and vehicle performance management system offered to Full Service Lease customers. RydeSmart enables customers to achieve a 10 to 15 percent reduction in fuel and CO2 consumption by monitoring idle time, speed, hard braking events and other activities that impact fuel consumption.
Since Food Authority makes its deliveries to residential areas in the evening, reducing its fleet’s noise footprint is another high priority. The new equipment also includes an acoustic sound reduction system to lower the sound level output from the refrigeration units.
Food Authority outsourced its fleet to Ryder in 2006 to take advantage of Ryder’s large network of maintenance facilities and expert technicians, to prevent breakdowns and keep the fleet running as they expand their delivery service area.