Ryder System Inc., said Wednesday it has launched a new online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program in North American that will see more than 6,000 of its maintenance and service employees trained on the new technology.
The program will provide the company’s technician workforce across Ryder’s 800 maintenance facilities with knowledge of all natural gas vehicle platforms and configurations. This program supplements existing customized natural gas vehicle training completed by employees who are already fueling and performing maintenance on natural gas vehicles operating in customers’ fleets.
“As natural gas vehicle solutions continue to gain acceptance across North America, now is an appropriate time to ensure Ryder’s technician workforce at every facility is aware of the basic requirements for servicing the new technology,” said Melvin Kirk, Ryder’s vice president of maintenance and quality operations.”
Ryder is a leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 30 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle-trained technicians.
The company has deployed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. It also operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations. Ryder also offers LNG fueling at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.
Since deploying its natural gas vehicle program in 2011, Ryder has replaced about 4.6 million gallons of diesel fuel with domestically produced natural gas.