Ryder tractors, trailers take a green turn

Ryder System Inc has announced the launch of its RydeGreen line of tractors and trailers, designed to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the RydeGreen line, Ryder has partnered with Freightliner to offer two sleeper tractors, the Columbia and the Century. The tractors are built to meet the demands of long-haul trucking and come equipped with special features that have earned them the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eco-friendly SmartWay designation.

Trailer packages from Great Dane and Utility offer aerodynamic features and weight-saving options that further enhance fuel efficiency. In addition, understanding the significant impact driver behavior has on fuel efficiency, to complement the RydeGreen equipment, Ryder provides online driver training programs to customers through Ryder Pro-TREAD. Ryder Pro-TREAD includes courses that improve driving skills and performance, and teaches drivers simple techniques to reduce fuel consumption.

The Freightliner sleeper tractors include several “green” features, including 2007 engine technology, an auxiliary power unit to reduce idling, frame-side fairings to reduce wind resistance, an automated direct-drive transmission, and fuel efficient drive tires. Great Dane and Utility trailers include weight-saving designs and materials, side skirts, low-rolling-resistance tires, gap reducers, and automatic tire inflation systems. For more information about RydeGreen, visit www.greentruck.ryder.com.

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