rental firm Ryder System Inc. has begun to take delivery of 39
light- and medium-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles,
the first of their kind in North America available for lease or
rent to the public.
The trucks include 20
Greenkraft cab-over vehicles with 6.0-liter natural gas engines
from General Motors Co. and 19 Navistar International Corp.
TranStar trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines.
"We are very pleased
to work with Ryder to develop these CNG-powered truck chassis,"
Navistar sales director Kevin Keene said. "By offering
CNG-powered trucks in a medium-duty configuration, Ryder is
demonstrating its dedication to making natural gas commercial
vehicles available for this important market segment."
The CNG trucks, which
range in gross vehicle weight from 16,000 to 33,000 pounds, are
available for lease or rent from Ryder in California.
The vehicles are
readily applicable to metropolitan delivery applications, the
company said. Unlike heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, which
require fueling stations designed to accommodate large
commercial tractor-trailers, the lighter vehicles are able to
access much of the existing retail CNG fueling infrastructure
Funding for the
incremental additional cost of the vehicles was provided by the
California Energy Commission and the Mobile Source Air
Pollution Reduction Review Committee. The 39 new trucks put
Miami-based Ryders natural gas-fueled fleet, including
heavy-duty vehicles, at more than 300 units.
Navistars South American subsidiaryPorto Alegre,
Brazil-based International Indústria Automotiva da
América do Sul Ltda.started up commercial truck
production in Canoas, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil, earlier this
The new line is able
to build 5,000 trucks per year initially, with potential for
added expansion as demand grows. The plant produces diesel
engines for Latin America and other global markets, the Lisle,
Ill.-based company said.
"We remain committed
to the future in Brazil," Navistar global truck and engine
president Eric Tech said. "Our investment in the Brazilian
truck marketone of the largest commercial truck markets
in the worldis a logical next step in our global