COTEAU-DU-LAC, Que. — C.A.T. has announced it will be leasing 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) sleeper tractors from Ryder System.
This marks the first natural gas lease agreement Ryder has inked in Canada. It operates more than 500 natural gas trucks in the US with more than 300 additional trucks on order. C.A.T. also becomes Ryder’s largest single user of natural gas vehicles to date.
Ryder will provide maintenance on the CNG trucks from its Montreal service facility, which is being upgraded to natural gas standards.
“Ryder’s investment in natural gas vehicles and maintenance infrastructure began with a pilot project in Southern California, and has grown to be one of the largest commercial natural gas vehicle programs in North America,” said Ryder president of global fleet management solutions, Dennis Cooke. “As we continue to expand our natural gas vehicle footprint, we are able to help more businesses convert their fleets to this cost-effective and environmentally-friendly advanced fuel solution.”
The natural gas trucks will replace nearly a third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 325 vehicles.
“C.A.T.’s natural gas fleet program will enable us to be extremely successful in supporting our customers’ sustainability efforts. We are excited to work with Ryder to transfer our diesel fleet to a CNG fleet in Canada,” said C.A.T. president, Daniel Goyette. “With Ryder’s natural gas vehicle and maintenance expertise, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our fleet today, while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally-friendly.”
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