Ryder System, Inc. , a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, today announced that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, a joint venture founded by Mansfield Energy Corp., one of the nation’s largest providers of transportation fuel, and Clean Energy Fuels. With the alliance, Ryder and Mansfield will partner to offer a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle and fuel solution to bulk fuel haulers, a segment of the transportation industry that consumes over 500 million gallons of fuel annually. The solution includes truck leasing and maintenance services for natural gas vehicles from Ryder, and CNG fueling from Mansfield. The companies have worked collaboratively with tractor and engine manufacturers to develop an optimized CNG vehicle design specifically for bulk fuel hauling applications.

“Ryder’s industry-leading natural gas vehicle and maintenance capabilities, combined with Mansfield’s fueling expertise, will enable us to help convert more of the critical bulk fuel hauling market to this more sustainable and advanced fuel,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder.

Mansfield has also leased 12 heavy duty CNG vehicles from Ryder, the first of their kind in Mansfield’s fleet. The fleet will be used to haul diesel and gasoline for Mansfield customers, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s maintenance facility in Atlanta, Ga.

“Mansfield is uniquely positioned to serve the bulk fuel hauling market because of the Company’s over half-century of experience in the refined fuel products supply chain,” said Michael Mansfield, CEO of Mansfield. “Our alliance with Ryder supports our commitment to be good stewards in our community and for the environment by making cleaner, cheaper natural gas available to an important segment of commercial fleets.”

With more than 27 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians, Ryder is the industry-leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation market.

The oil & gas industry relies on Ryder to take costs and risks out of transportation and logistics, enabling customers to maximize uptime, keep supplies and goods moving, and bring costs down. This is all supported by a proven health and safety culture. Ryder turns a complicated supply chain into a company’s strategic competitive edge, from the oilfield to the marketplace.