COTEAU-DU-LAC, Que.—Quebec-based transportation company C.A.T. Inc. has signed a lease agreement for 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) sleeper tractors with Miami-based commercial fleet management company Ryder System, Inc.
The deal marks Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Canada and its largest single natural gas vehicle customer to date.
C.A.T. will input the trucks into its delivery fleet that travels from Montreal to Laredo, Texas. C.A.T. provides transportation services to customers in the automotive, food, beverage, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and electronic industries.
The deal includes maintenance for the CNG vehicles from Ryder’s Montreal service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards.
C.A.T.’s natural gas fleet is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 2,564 tonnes.
“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.”