Ryder Systems Inc. has agreed to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) at two of its Southern California fueling stations operated by Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
Clean Energy’s RNG product, Redeem, will be made available as both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Ryder’s stations in Fontana and Orange, CA. Redeem is marketed by Clean Energy as “the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available today.”
The fuel will be available to both individual and public fleet natural gas vehicles (NGV), the companies said. Ryder will be providing 100% Redeem fuel at the two stations.
Scott Perry, Ryder’s vice president of supply management and global fuel products, said with the switch to RNG Ryder expects to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 6,300 metric tons/year.
Ryder claims to have more than 40 million miles of experience with NGVs, operating 18 NGV maintenance facilities with more than 4,000 personnel trained in NGVs. Ryder operates CNG and LNG vehicles supported by 34 different Clean Energy fueling stations.
After launching the RNG Redeem brand two years ago (see Daily GPI, Jan. 23, 2014), Clean Energy said it is on track to deliver more than 40 million gallons of the fuel this year.
Separately, Clean Energy filed a prospectus supplement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a possible offering of up to $75 million in common stock from time to time through an “at-the-market” offering program. The proceeds would be used for “general corporate purposes,” which could include repaying all or a portion of Clean Energy’s outstanding 7.5% convertible notes due next year, the company said.
On the merger/acquisition front, Columbus, OH-based metals manufacturing company Worthington Industries has purchased Trilogy Engineered Solutions, a maker of onboard CNG fuel assemblies for heavy-duty vehicles. “Trilogy’s technology and fuel system models complement our existing CNG fuel systems offerings,” said Andrew Billman, president of Worthington’s pressure cylinders business. Billman said the deal opens up the opportunity to work with Palmer Trucks, a founding member of Trilogy, and an established dealer network to continue developing its role in advancing CNG technology.
Trilogy’s fuel systems assembly assets will be integrated into the existing Worthington operations in Salt Lake City, he said.
Elsewhere, school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Bus announced a new vehicle representing its first CNG Type C bus and its first equipped with a Roush CleanTech fuel system. For Roush, which is involved in propane transportation, it is its first move into NGVs.
Roush will be responsible for the low-pressure engine systems, while Blue Bird will handle the CNG fuel cylinder assemblies, as it already does with larger Cummins Westport-powered Type D NGV school buses.
In Georgia, AmpCNG said it is set to open a CNG fueling station Nov. 20 in Dalton, GA, off Interstate Highway 75, near the Tennessee state line and the road to Chattanooga, TN.
AmpCNG officials called the location ideal for interstate commerce since Dalton serves as a gateway between Atlanta and Midwest markets. The station will feature partner Trillium CNG’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor, which can fuel three Class 8 trucks simultaneously at 10 diesel gallon equivalents per minute.
It would be the second public access CNG fueling facility in northern Georgia. There are 12 CNG stations in Atlanta. In addition to trucks and individual passenger vehicles, Dalton Utilities will fuel its fleet at the newest station.
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